Pentagon Eyes Schools, Businesses for Cyber Skills

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The Pentagon is looking to businesses, universities, and others in the private sector to develop new technologies for cyberwarfare efforts, according to the Washington Post.

United States military leaders are hoping "Plan X" will improve the nation's ability to launch lightning-fast attacks and counter attacks using computers.

Advanced technology could help combat enemies in a variety of ways. For instance, it could prevent an enemy from detecting an impending air strike or shutting down an opponent's communication system.

"If they can do it, it's a really big deal," said Herbert S. Lin, a cybersecurity expert with the National Research Council of the National Academies.

"If they achieve it, they're talking about being able to dominate the digital battlefield just like they do the traditional battlefield," he added.

The plan also includes building a map of the entire computer system around the world.

Plan X is a project of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The five-year, $110 million research program will begin seeking proposals this summer.

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