Report: DARPA launching Plan X

The Pentagon is launching Plan X on cyberspace.

While it sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, Plan X is a new program from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency aimed at developing technologies to improve cyberwarfare capabilities, launch effective attacks and withstand retaliation, the Washington Post reports.

The program will put $110 million into research over the next five years to bolster military operations in cyberspace that so far have focused on protection, as opposed to attacking adversaries. DARPA will begin accepting proposals this summer.

In November, then DARPA Director Regina Dugan discussed offensive measures in cyberspace, saying that would be a priority in the coming year. She said current efforts need to be continued, but following only one path would be “fool-hardy” and there needs to be new ways of thinking to fight future threats.

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