The U.S. has shown that it can fight wars on multiple fronts: first, a global struggle against violent extremists, and now, the spread of a deadly virus in the homeland. At the same time, the military has continued to conduct a range of critical missions. One of these missions is working to ensure that military networks have sufficient cybersecurity capacities, including the ability to protect essential communications systems and data networks that support virus response efforts. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, they have set up hospitals almost overnight, conducted medical supply flights around the world, deployed hospital ships on both the East and West Coasts and activated reserve and retired medical personnel to support hard-hit communities. The military also has leveraged investments in cyber security to protect networks and connections related to the medical support provided to civil authorities in paces lie New York City. I have written a commentary on this subject here.
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