Pentagon considers nuclear response to retaliate for large cyber attacks

According to the draft for the Pentagon’s 2018 Nuclear Posture Review, the U.S. would consider using nuclear weapons to respond to non-nuclear attacks.

While the Pentagon’s proposed policy change suggests the U.S. should “only consider the use of nuclear weapons in extreme circumstances to defend the vital interests of the United States or its allies and partners,” large cyber attacks are considered “extreme circumstances.”

Read more about the draft for the Pentagon’s 2018 Nuclear Posture Review which is currently being reviewed by the White House, with the final version expected to be released in February, on CSO.

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