Advertisement

You will be redirected to the page you want to view in  seconds.

GTY 480678383 A DEF POL MIL USA VA
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel encourages caution in conducting cyber war. (Mark Wilson / Getty Images)

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday that the Pentagon will exercise restraint in use of its cyber warfare capabilities and urged other countries to do the same.

“The United States does not seek to militarize cyberspace,” Hagel said in remarks at a ceremony to mark the retirement of Army Gen. Keith Alexander, who headed both the civilian National Security Agency and the Pentagon’s Cyber Command.

Alexander headed the agency during a time of unprecedented public criticism following disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden that revealed the government’s collection of “metadata.”

Alexander “led NSA through one of the most challenging periods in its history,” Hagel said. “And he did so with a fierce, but necessary determination to develop and protect tools vital to our national security.”

Hagel pledged to be open with the public as the Pentagon pressed ahead with efforts to develop its cyber capabilities.

“We will continue to engage in a more open dialogue with the American public,” Hagel said in remarks at Fort Meade, Md., where the NSA and Cyber Command are headquartered.

In that spirit, Hagel pointed out that the ceremony was the first live broadcast from the headquarters of the secretive agency.

The Pentagon has developed both offensive and defensive capabilities in cyber space, but Hagel said it will be cautious in how those capabilities are employed.

The Pentagon “will maintain an approach of restraint to any cyber operations outside of U.S. government networks,” Hagel said. “We are urging other nations to do the same.”

The Pentagon has increased spending for cyber operations, and Cyber Command expects to have a force of 6,000 warriors by 2016.

Adm. Michael Rogers has been chosen by the White House to replace Alexander as head of both agencies.

Follow @jimmichaels on Twitter.

More In C4ISR & Networks

More from this channel

  1. The Defense Department's new cloud strategy, charting a course now that DISA is no longer the cloud broker, has been delayed. Army

    New DoD cloud policy delayed to early December

    Policy will speed cloud procurement while clarifying the roles of DISA and Office of the CIO.

    • Nov 25, 2014
  2. The market for GEOINT products and services is expected to grow fast, ASDReports predicts. Leidos

    GEOINT market to reach $9.7 billion in 10 years

    The market is 'relatively young' outside of the U.S.

    • Nov 25, 2014
  3. An early version of Raytheon's Next Generation Jammer pod flies on a Gulfstream test bed over the range at Air Naval Station China Lake during a flight test. Raytheon

    Raytheon demonstrates self-powered radar jammers

    Test marks the first time the system had been powered by the air stream.

    • Nov 25, 2014
  4. General Dynamics to refresh radios for Canadian military

    Another pair of contracts pertains to satellite ground stations.

    • Nov 25, 2014
  5. Kevin Coleman is a senior fellow at SilverRhino and former chief strategist at Netscape.

    Less talk, more cyber action

    Warning after warning has been made and the cyber threat continues to get worse.

    • Nov 25, 2014
  6. A former Navy nuclear systems administrator was sentenced Nov. 21 for hacking into restricted systems and releasing personal information of service members. MC2 Gary A Prill/U.S. Navy

    System admin sentenced for hacking Navy database

    Former Navy nuclear systems administrator gets two years for exposing information of 222,000 personnel.

    • Nov 24, 2014

Daily intelligence on C4ISR and networks

There's no better way to know what's going on every day in areas like UAS and sensors, GEOINT, C2 and communications, cyber, mobility and defense IT, than to sign up for our daily C4ISRNET newsletters. The news will come right to your inbox, along with commentary and insight from our lineup of senior-level bloggers.

Sign up is easy and quick.