Charlie Rose interviews rarely disappoint, and the conversation on last night's program with Deputy Defense Sec. William Lynn was no exception.
Lynn and Rose discussed the threat to U.S. information technology superiority posed by often unknown and untraceable hackers. Lynn repeated several alarming statistics he wrote about in Foreign Affairs magazine this month, and which OhMyGov included in a recent cyber security infographic.
"Many of the advantages we now have in the conventional military world stem from information technology ... our ability to strike with precision, our intelligence capabilities, even our logistics and transportation networks," Lynn told Rose. "If you can compromise that technology, if you can get inside it, you can blunt all of those advantages."
Lynn noted that cyber attacks were a "cheap way to challenge" the U.S., as compared to conventional warfare, and that attacks or attempted intrusions don't come with a "return address."
Watch the interview clip here: http://www.charlierose.com/view/content/11247