• Breanna Johns

U.S. increases responses to cyber threats

The American military recognizes that the "cyber battlefield" can be as "lethal" as the traditional battlefield.

According to CNN, a cyber battlefield "can target systems from nuclear power plants to emergency responders -- certainly, a threat to our way of life -- as any device manufactured to kill soldiers, sailors, or marines, can bring down planes or sink ships."

But a question remains: is America doing all that we can, and quickly enough to counter the threat?

Trump's "reluctance" to accept that Russia used the internet to interfere in our "democratic processes" does not seem to have restrained a willingness by the Pentagon to tackle the threat of cyber war.

There is now a "joint cyber command" on the level of every other uniformed force.

The NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Centre of Excellence staged a real live-fire exercise so every NATO nation had an opportunity to try out their capacities.

"There were two teams. In the exercise, the Blue Team had to defend itself from the cyber attacks of the Red Team. The target was the fortified water plant supplying the fictitious Blue Team nation of a friendly ally, 'Berylia,' which had been experiencing sharply deteriorating security," according to CNN.

The Defense Department's budget for cyber operations has grown "83% from 2014 through 2019, an annual rate of 12.8% a year."

The U.S. still continues to recognize the abundance of potential cyber threats.