Cyber warfare has become a real battlefront in the national security. While there is not a ‘hot war’ between the United States and the communist nations, there are, in fact, daily battles being fought on the internet. The internet provides access to and the ability to attack our industries. The theft of intellectual properties will reduce the effectiveness of our Armed Forces if not checked.
As Written By Allen West for Townhall:
The Hidden Enemy
There is a Chinese proverb that states, “May you live in interesting times,” which has become a defining character of these times in which we are living. This new 21st century battlefield has brought a seemingly innumerable level of conflict and conflagrations that expands across the globe. It is a battlefield that has no boundaries or borders, and finds attacks occurring against civilian populations near and far.
It is not just the threat from traditional nation-state actors, but also the proliferation of non-state, non-uniformed, unlawful enemy combatants that makes this a rather complex battlespace. The latter enemy blends in with civilian populations as a means of cover. There are nations that provide support and sanctuary for these unlawful actors, enabling their sustainment. What has been a new frontier in this battle has been the use of new information technology, which gives a new and broad platform for the enemy and adversaries to promulgate their violent ideology.
But, there is also another means by which technology is enabling our enemies to be successful on the battlefield.
Tuesday the 26th of April is recognized as World Intellectual Property (IP) Day. According to the Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, here are the major impacts of IP for America:
- – Incentivizes innovation and creativity,
- – Creates 40 million jobs, drives 2/3 of our GDP, and ¾ of all US annual exports, and
- – Protects consumer safety by allowing consumers to make informed decisions about the safety, reliability, and quality of the products they purchase.