US Needs Cyber Defense From China, General Says
US Needs Cyber Defense From China, General Says

General Keith B. Alexander

General Keith B. Alexander, the Commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, spoke to a full crowd at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC, on July 9. (Matthew Robertson/The Epoch Times)

WASHINGTON—In a wide-ranging speech in which China seemed to be the constant but unspoken subtext, General Keith B. Alexander, the Commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, remarked that the United States needs a credible defense against the threat posed by China in cyberspace. He said he couldn’t say much more than that in an unclassified setting.

General Alexander addressed a packed audience at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, on July 9, discussing the enormous vulnerabilities of critical computer networks in the United States.

In his speech he only mentioned China explicitly a few times. But much of the impetus for the initiatives he discussed, as ways the United States may defend itself from cyber-attacks, seemed to be implicitly referring to the threat posed by the Chinese regime.

“I believe that the theft of intellectual property is astounding,” he said, referring to China-based hacking of U.S. companies, particularly those in the high-tech industry. He had previously called it the “greatest transfer of wealth in history.”

“We have to figure out how to stop that. Part of that is having a viable defense. That defense is something that we can put together and that’s where the cyber legislation comes in,” he said, referring to much talked-about laws that would govern how the United States could respond to and deal with attacks from cyberspace.

He added: “I can’t go into the details of the threat [posed by China] in an unclassified setting.”

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