Thursday, March 22, 2012

When Technology Begets Terrorism. CYBER WAR: THE NEXT THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT by Richard A. Clarke and Robert K. Knake

CYBER WAR:  THE NEXT THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT BY RICHARD A. CLARKE AND ROBERT K. KNAKE

Richard A. Clarke has served in the White House for Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton, who appointed him as National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counterterrorism. Clarke has continuously warned America about the havoc terrorism would wreak on our national security, and in Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It, he and coauthor Robert K. Knake, a recent international affairs fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, warn of another threat that is silent yet equally dangerous. Cyber War is a powerful book about technology, government, and military strategy; about criminals, spies, soldiers, and hackers. As Clarke notes in his Introduction to Cyber War: “The entire phenomenon of cyber war is shrouded in such government secrecy that it makes the Cold War look like a time of openness and transparency. The biggest secret in the world about cyber war may be that at the very same time the U.S. prepares for offensive cyber war, it is continuing policies that make it impossible to defend the nation from cyber attack.”

Praise for Cyber War:

Cyber War may be the most important book about national-security policy in the last several years.”—Fred Kaplan, Slate.com

“A harrowing—and persuasive—picture of the cyberthreat the United States faces today.”—Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

“Urgent policy prescriptions [wrapped] in easy-to-digest, occasionally riveting, tales from the cyber-front.”—Jeff Stein, Washington Post

“A good introduction to this esoteric but very serious national security problem, and citizens should read it.”—Jack Goldsmith, New Republic


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