Cyber not Space Force

Editor:

The president’s latest brainchild is the development of a Space Force to police and protect outer space from bad actors that wish to use outer space as a platform to do us harm.

But what we have not heard from him is how we can defend ourselves from the current and most obvious threat to the United States.

There is ample evidence that Russia has interfered in our elections through manipulations of social media and possibly even hacking voting machines in several counties. In addition we know that there have been attempted hacks into our power infrastructure. Our financial institutions have been compromised on many occasions and hospitals and municipalities have been held hostage by cyber criminals. Most of these attacks have originated from Eastern Europe and Russia.

We have heard little or nothing from the White House concerning our vulnerability to cyber warfare and a plan to combat it. It would seem that a Cyber Force would be a far more immediate priority than a Space Force.

Richard Hunt, Payson

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