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US ‘to view major cyber attacks as acts of war’

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The Pentagon has adopted a new strategy that will classify major cyber attacks as acts of war, paving the way for possible military retaliation, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. The newspaper said the Pentagon plans to unveil its first-ever strategy regarding cyber warfare next month,…

US Navy invites public to first online war game

WASHINGTON — The US Navy is turning to the wisdom of the crowd to forge military strategy, inviting the public to join an online game in which Somali pirates have hijacked commercial ships. The Office of Naval Research plans this month to launch the US military’s first online war game…

In bid to break Taliban, US embraces more firepower

The US military has dramatically stepped up air strikes and manhunts in Afghanistan in a bid to weaken the Taliban, reflecting a return to “counter-terrorism” tactics. Dropping more bombs and carrying out more raids by special operations forces underscores a sense of urgency in the war effort, as the White…

Report cautions Obama on high cost of Afghan war

An independent task force cautioned President Barack Obama on Friday about the high cost of the Afghanistan war and said he should consider a narrow military mission if his December review finds the current strategy is not working. The 25-member task force, led by former Deputy Secretary of State Richard…

US claims it will begin pullout from Afghanistan next summer

The Obama administration reaffirmed Sunday that it will begin pulling U.S. troops out of Afghanistan next summer, despite reservations among top generals that absolute deadlines are a mistake. President Barack Obama’s chief of staff said an announced plan to begin bringing forces home in July 2011 still holds. “That’s not…

Analysts: US may be seeking Israel ‘regime change’

The Obama administration’s row with Israel over settlements has prompted some analysts to wonder whether it seeks “regime change,” a new government that can make peace with the Palestinians. However, the analysts doubt that President Barack Obama’s administration, which has made Arab-Israeli peace a national security priority, will achieve anything…

Xe angles for role in Obama’s Afghan strategy

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