How U.S. Plans to Defeat ISIS Terrorists in the Cyberspace
The U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter encouraged U.S. Cyber Command to “intensify the fight” against the Islamic State of Iraq the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) terrorists, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said Wednesday.
Carter and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., visited Cybercom headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland.
They discussed a range of cyber-related topics with Cybercom leadership, the press secretary said, including efforts to degrade ISIL’s messaging campaign.
“The effort to accelerate the campaign to deliver a lasting defeat to ISIL includes targeting their use of the Internet to spread their message of hate, recruit fighters and inspire acts of terror,” he added.
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Cybercom is charged with supporting interagency partners in the whole-of-government effort to counter ISIL messaging, in addition to other aspects of the counter-ISIL campaign, Cook explained.
In a meeting with personnel directly engaged in cyber operations, Carter encouraged those workers and the entire Cybercom team to “do what they can to intensify the fight against ISIL,” Cook said.
In the picture above: Defense Secretary Ash Carter walks with Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as they return to the Pentagon after a visit to U.S. Cyber Command headquarters on Fort George G. Meade, Md, Jan. 27, 2016. The defense leaders met with Cybercom commander, Adm. Michael S. Rogers. DoD photo by Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz