Admiral Jonathan Greenert, the chief of naval operations for the U.S. Navy, is taking the reliance on computer networks for modern warfare very serious. Recognizing that future war will probably begin in cyberspace before real world engagement as a method to confuse and impair the enemy, he is calling on the Navy to step up its efforts to protect against such a preemptive attack.
“The level of investment that we put into cyber in the department is as protected or as focused as it would be in strategic nuclear,” Greenert said. “Many people who look at the future of warfare say it’s bound to start in cyber. The first thing you’d want to do is shut down their sensors, interrupt their power grid, confuse them … and presumably guard against that kind of thing and recognize if it’s starting.”