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Jan 12, 2013

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Stewart:

As usual very well done. I didn't realize you were so conversant with WW II or military tactics.

You didn't address the possiblity that we aren't using our best defensive or offensive capabilities either to hold something in reserve until we really need it or to inflict disproportionate damage to the attacker at a time of our choosing.

Marc's point isn't entirely frivolous but is not exactly novel. The tension between NSA's intelligence collection and information system security missions has been recognized and widely discussed for at least the past 35 years. Rather than bemoaning the obvious it would be more useful for Marc and his colleagues to recommend policies that would maximize US capabilities to protect its networks while minimizing the risks posed by NSA's dual missions.

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