Report: Obama Signs Cyberwar GuidelinesGuidelines Also Describe Use of Cyber in Espionage
Defense officials tell the news service that the orders detail when the military must seek presidential approval for a specific cyberassault on an enemy and weave cyber capabilities into U.S. war fighting strategy.
The guidelines reportedly are similar to those that govern the use of other weapons of war, from nuclear bombs to missiles to secret surveillance.
In a broad new strategy document, the news report says a new strategy document describes some of the cyber capabilities the military may use during peacetime and conflict, including planting a computer virus to using cyberattacks to bring down an enemy's electrical grid or defense network.
The Pentagon is expected to announce the entire strategy soon, the AP says.