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Maj. Gen. Thomas Murphy on DoD’s Protecting Critical Technology Task Force

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Thomas Murphy
Thomas Murphy

A task force within the Department of Defense is exploring ways to improve cybersecurity in the industrial base and protect research and development work on military technology and deny adversaries access to such technologies, Fifth Domain reported Tuesday.

“We’ve in effect become the R&D base for our adversary’s capabilities,” said Maj. Gen. Thomas Murphy, director of DoD’s Protecting Critical Technology Task Force. “My task force isn’t here to stop stealing because stealing is bad, although it is, it’s to stop it because it’s causing the erosion of the lethality of the Joint Force.”

To help meet the task force’s security goals, Murphy suggested the development of a tiered ranking of vendors based on how critical their product is. He also called on Congress to introduce a measure to address issues concerning mandated transparency over military technology initiatives.