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The most I know about cyber war I’ve seen from movies. How much of it is actually real I don’t know. One person who does know is Richard A. Clarke, who has worked as a counter-terrorism expert through multiple presidencies. He’s also the author of the new book, “Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It.”

Clarke’s book “Cyber War” introduces the concept of how future militaries could use cyber attack tools, not merely for disruption, espionage, and theft, but to actually do destruction to necessary systems such as our electronic generators, radars, air defense, pipelines, and refineries.

It’s not all doom and gloom. Clarke’s book makes a series of proposals, some technological, but others are changes to policy procedures.

Rules of engagement in cyber war for the US military are new and evolving, said Clarke. We have to be vigilant about our stance. We don’t want to slip into a conventional war by starting cyber war.

Ultimately, said Clarke, the threshold for cyberwar should be as high as kinetic war. Don’t be fooled into believing that cyberwar isn’t real or as real as conventional war.

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