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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Pentagon's Plan X: how it could change cyberwarfare

By Anna Mulrine



The Pentagon has always been secretive about its desire and ability to carry out offensive cyberwarfare. Now, Plan X makes it clear that offensive cyberattacks will be in the Pentagon playbook


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WASHINGTON — (TCSM) The same Pentagon futurologists who helped create the Internet are about to begin a new era of cyberwarfare.

For years, the Pentagon has been open and adamant about the nation's need to defend itself against cyberattack, but its ability and desire to attack enemies with cyberweapons has been cloaked in mystery.

The Pentagon's Defense Advance Research Products Agency (DARPA) has now launched Plan X — an effort to improve the offensive cyberwarfare capabilities "needed to dominate the cyber battlespace," according to an announcement for the workshop.

Though the program is closed to the press, the relatively public message is a first for the Pentagon. For one, it shows that the Pentagon is now essentially treating its preparations for cyberwar the same way it treats its preparations for any potential conventional war. Just as it takes bids from aerospace companies to develop new jet fighters or helicopters, Plan X will look at bids from groups that can help it plan for cyberwarfare and expand technologies.

Moreover, it opens a window into the highly secretive world of offensive cyberwarfare. No longer is it unclear whether the US is in the business of planning Stuxnet-style cyberattacks. Plan X indicates that such capabilities — which experts say could range from taking out electrical grids to scrambling computer networks in top-secret facilities to causing the pacemaker implanted in an enemy official to go haywire — will be an explicit part of the military playbook.

"If we can have a robust public discussion of nuclear weapons why not a robust discussion of cyberstrategy?" says Jim Lewis, director of the Technology and Public Policy program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. "Up until now, cyber has been kind of ad hoc. What they're doing now is saying that this is going to be a normal part of US military operations."


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The US is already engaged in offensive cyberwar. Media reports claim that the US helped develop and deploy the Stuxnet digital worm, which inflicted serious harm on Iran's uranium enrichment program.

In his most wide-ranging speech to date on cyber warfare Thursday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta hinted at the need for increased offensive capabilities, warning that America "won't succeed in preventing a cyber attack through improved defenses alone."

"If we detect an imminent threat of attack that will cause significant physical destruction in the United States or kill American citizens, we need to have the option to take action against those who would attack us, to defend this nation when directed by the president," Mr. Panetta said. "For these kinds of scenarios, the department has developed the capability to conduct effective operations to counter threats to our national interests in cyberspace."

But the lack of discussion surrounding offensive cyber capabilities — and a clear US military plan for pursuing them — has been a significant roadblock for US military forces interested in honing those skills, says retired Col. Joe Adams, a former West Point professor who coached the military academy's cyber team.

In the past there has been a "skittishness about teaching cadets offensive skills like how to hack" into systems, says Dr. Adams, now executive director of research and cybersecurity for Merritt Network, Inc. "We've really ramped up the defensive part, but there hasn't been any work done to identify people who have the intuitive ability to conduct operations on the offensive side."

Many of the threats the US faces — and may in turn inflict on other countries and non-state actors — will be nuanced.

The notion of a "cyber Pearl Harbor," as Panetta has characterized it, is a misnomer, Adams adds.

"Everybody's looking for a cyber Pearl Harbor — we don't need a Pearl Harbor to really mess things up. That's the very nature of this advanced, persistent threat: We're not kicking people's doors in anymore."

Instead, cyber incursions will be more subtle. Just imagine what could happen in a hospital, Adams says. "I don't even have to turn off the refrigerators. I just have to change the thermostat so they're too warm, or too cold, or make some blood supplies go bad, or spoil a little medicine, or just reroute where they send ambulance alerts."

In particular, offensive cyberskills "are more art than science," says Adams. "These kids need to be screened right, and they need to be utilized. A career path in the military is built on building their skills, but also retaining them. We've done really poorly with that."

Part of the problem is that American military training has long emphasized traditional skills, which are often are at odds with developing cyber warriors. You could have an outstanding cyberthinker in a class, but tradition dictates that "he's going to be a tank platoon leader, or a rifle platoon — he's going to have to prove himself as an Army officer before they're going to make use of his talent," says Adams.

In the meantime, his cyberskills atrophy. "The cadets I was teaching, there just wasn't another outlet for them in the military yet."

Plan X is designed to help the Pentagon "understand the cyber battlespace" and to develop skills in "visualizing and interacting with large-scale cyber battlespaces," according to the DARPA proposal.

These, too, are unique skills that must be cultivated within the military, says Adams. "Another art piece is mapping a network [that could be a potential target]. How do you do it — and how do you do it subtly — without knocking things over and turning things off? And if it's hostile, how do we do it without getting caught?"

Plan X hints at some of these needs — and makes it clear that the Pentagon is grappling with how to establish a framework for fighting cyberwar, too.

"Plan X is an attempt by the national security bureaucracy to come to grips with the multitude of issues around use of cyberweapon in an offensive form — the legal, diplomatic, ethical issues," says Matthew Aid, a historian and author of "Intel Wars: The Secret History of the Fight Against Terror."

"We can't have a public discussion about Stuxnet, about these brand new weapons — or their ethical implications — until the White House pulls back just a little the veil of secrecy that surrounds the entire program," Mr. Aid adds.

For example, Stuxnet revealed how unwieldy such weapons can be when it inadvertently "jumped" into friendly computer systems that were never meant to be targeted.

Indeed, "One of the biggest problems in cyberwarfare is the potential for collateral damage," says Mr. Lewis of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

"You just can't attack stuff and not worry that innocent civilians will be harmed — you have to take steps to mitigate the risk."

Aid says now is the time to have these conversations. "We can only see one tenth of one percent lurking beneath the surface — what's beneath the surface scares ... me," he says. "This is combat — this is war by a different name."

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