The International Spy Museum on Oct. 1 opened its newest exhibit on cyber spying and cyberwarfare called “Weapons of Mass Disruption.”
It features Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair arguing for offensive cyber attack capabilities against foreign states, criminals, hackers and others who could cause devastating damage to the United States and the international system by targeting systems and disrupting or shutting them down.
“In the real world of really skilled hacking and computer attacks, simple defenses are not enough,” Mr. Blair states in a video presentation that is the central part of the exhibit. “We have to have an offensive component.”
The video also includes several specialists and former intelligence officials.
Former DNI Mike McConnell, who also headed the National Security Agency, is quoted in the video as saying that U.S. cyber security and cyber warfare efforts have been fragmented but that a $17 billion plan under the George W. Bush administration