Special Report: Is the US Ready to Escalate in Cyberspace?

By Ben Watson

November 21, 2018

For three years running, the U.S. Department of Justice has announced an increasing number of cyber-related charges, indictments, arrests, and pleas by its Computer Crime and Intellectual Property section:

And 2018 is ending with a steady drumbeat of responses to cyber criminality, concerning both recent attacks and years-old cases involving U.S. companies and vital infrastructure.

But cybercrime watchers are also watching another trend: computers are learning to learn. They’re getting smarter, “organically evolving their own algorithms.” What can the world’s most powerful nation do to better inform and protect its people, economy and values for the digital wars of the 21st century?

Find out in this special report on U.S. cyber readiness, broken into three parts:

  1. The Giant Awakens
  2. Threats and Opportunities
  3. The Future

By Ben Watson // Ben Watson is news editor for Defense One. He previously worked for NPR's “All Things Considered” and “Here and Now” in Washington, D.C. Watson served for five years in the U.S. Army, where he was an award-winning combat cameraman and media advisor for southern Afghanistan's special operations command during the 2010-11 surge.

November 21, 2018