NATO Defense Leaders Address Cybersecurity, Missile Defense

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Oct. 22, 2013, 11:02 a.m.

Cy­ber­se­cur­ity and mis­sile de­fense are among the top­ics de­fense lead­ers from the 28-na­tion NATO al­li­ance are ad­dress­ing dur­ing their two-day meet­ing that wraps up Wed­nes­day, ac­cord­ing to a NATO press re­lease.

Ahead of the Brus­sels gath­er­ing’s kick­off on Tues­day, NATO Sec­ret­ary Gen­er­al An­ders Fogh Rasmussen said the war in Afgh­anistan — while a ma­jor top­ic to be ad­dressed — will not over­take the agenda, as con­cerns about cy­ber and mis­sile at­tacks per­sist. The min­is­teri­al is a pre­curs­or to a full-blown NATO sum­mit in United King­dom planned for next year.

Rasmussen, ad­dress­ing re­port­ers on Tues­day, high­lighted the need for NATO mem­bers to col­lab­or­ate in the cy­ber realm.

“We will dis­cuss cy­ber de­fense, our con­stant ef­forts to pro­tect our own net­works, and how the al­li­ance should ad­dress this grow­ing threat through an en­hanced cy­ber policy and cy­ber de­fense,” he said, ac­cord­ing to the Kuwait News Agency.

His an­nounce­ment comes the same day the In­ter­na­tion­al Atom­ic En­ergy Agency said mal­ware had con­tam­in­ated some of its com­puters in Vi­enna.

Rasmussen fur­ther said he ex­pects NATO mem­bers to dis­cuss po­ten­tial mis­sile-de­fense co­oper­a­tion with Rus­sia dur­ing a NATO-Rus­sia Coun­cil meet­ing on ex­pan­ded co­oper­a­tion planned for Wed­nes­day.

“This is also a good op­por­tun­ity to dis­cuss areas where we have not reached agree­ment such as mis­sile de­fense,” he said. “NATO has in­vited Rus­sia to co­oper­ate in this field, and that of­fer stands.”

NATO is build­ing a mis­sile shield that would aug­ment and con­nect mem­ber states’ an­ti­mis­sile sys­tems. The West­ern mil­it­ary al­li­ance ex­pects the new sys­tem to fully pro­tect European and NATO coun­tries by 2018, ac­cord­ing to Pravda.

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