Cyber security is an important part of the military’s quick response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic

May 4, 2020
Cyber security must be part of the military response to COVID-19 for military medical networks and those operated by civil authorities.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. has shown that it can fight wars on several fronts: first, a global struggle against violent extremists, and now, deadly pandemic in the homeland. Real Clear Defense reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

4 May 2020 -- In response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. armed forces have set up hospitals almost overnight, conducted medical supply flights around the world, deployed hospital ships on both coasts, and activated reserve and retired medical personnel to support hard-hit communities.

At the same time, the military has continued critical missions across the globe. One of these missions is working to ensure that military networks have sufficient cyber security capacities, including the ability to protect essential communications systems and data networks that support virus response efforts.

After half-a-century of the Cold War and nearly 20 years of combating violent global extremism, it is little wonder that Americans are most familiar with their military's capabilities to fight. The ability of the Armed Forces to build infrastructure, move supplies, and provide medical support was always there, but in the background.

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John Keller, chief editor
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