Us Foreign Policy - Cyber Security With China And India

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Us Foreign Policy - Cyber Security with China and India

Problem Statement

The technology of the printing press and the ease by which information could be accessed provided the basis for many revolutions. Information policy as an aspect of the state can be seen as early as the 1600s when Galileo encountered first hand the effect of policy-makers in the Vatican and was forced to refrain from writing about the Copernican system.

The founders of the USA understood the power of information, both in the hands of the government and the citizens of the young country. In war and in peace, information flows and technology played an important part in maintaining national security and stability long before the development of the information society. As the technologies were developed that enable the individual of today to connect to the global community, the primary objective of most government initiated information policies dealt with the dispersion and development of the technologies that would allow its citizens to compete in the global marketplace.


President Barack Obama announced on Friday the creation of a new “cyber czar” position. The Cybersecurity Coordinator, who is yet to be named, would oversee billions of dollars in funding for developing and coordinating defense of the computer networks that operate the global financial system and domestic transportation and commerce, according to the administration. The position, which Obama said would report directly to him, results from a 60-day “cyberspace policy review” Obama ordered.

Obama's announcement was overshadowed by the US military's imminent creation of a new military “Cyber Command,” detailed in a New York Times article published Friday. Obama has not even been presented with the military's plan, nor did he mention it directly in his press conference. However, administration sources have said he will sign a classified order or set of directives later this month authorizing the creation of the Cyber Command.

Media accounts indicate that the formation of the parallel domestic and military cyber security agencies was the source of a bitter “turf battle” between and within competing national security and federal domestic agencies.

As a compromise, Obama's domestic Cybersecurity Coordinator would report to both the National Economic Council (NEC), a White House economic advisory group, and the National Security Council, the top-level presidential advisory group that coordinates foreign and military policy, thus ensuring “a balance between homeland security and economic concerns,” the Washington Post reports. Obama's top economic advisor, Lawrence H. Summers, fought for a dominant role for the NEC so that “efforts to protect private networks do not unduly threaten economic growth.”

In his remarks, Obama pointed to the threat of cyber terrorism, noting that US “defense and military networks are under constant attack. Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups have spoken of their desire to unleash a cyber attack on our country.” He invoked the recent terror attacks on Mumbai, India, where “terrorists...relied not only on guns and grenades but also on GPS and phones using voice-over-the-Internet.” Obama also alluded to the possibility of cyberwarfare with a major foe, mentioning Russia by ...
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