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Cybercom Eyes Information Warfare Strategies Ahead of 2020 Elections; Paul Nakasone Comments

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Paul Nakasone
Paul Nakasone

The U.S. Cyber Command is planning to conduct information warfare activities against Russia if it attempts to interfere with the 2020 U.S. elections, the Washington Post reported Thursday.

The report comes after Congress authorized the appointment of a principal information operations adviser responsible for coordinating strategies across the Department of Defense and other agencies. The Trump administration also eased restrictions on military cyber operations to target foreign adversaries.

“In 332 days, our nation is going to elect a president,” said Paul Nakasone, commander of Cybercom and director of the National Security Agency as well as 2019 Wash100 winner, at a prior defense forum. “We can’t let up. This is something we cannot be episodic about. The defense of our nation, the defense of our elections, is something that will be every single day for as long as I can see into the future.”

According to the report, Cybercom plans to target Russian senior officials in its information warfare strategy if election-related hacker interference continues.