Department of Defense's Role in Protecting Democratic Elections, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity of the Committee on Armed Services, United States Senate, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, Second Session, February 13, 2018 [open pdf - 20MB]
This is the February 13, 2018 hearing on "Department of Defense's Role in Protecting Democratic Elections," held before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Cybersecurity of the Committee on Armed Services. From the opening statement of Mike Rounds: "The Cybersecurity Subcommittee meets this afternoon to receive testimony on the Department of Defense's (DOD) role in protecting the U.S. election process. [...] There is no dispute about what Russia did during the 2016 election cycle. There is clear evidence that Russia attempted to undermine our democratic process through the hacking of independent political entities, manipulation of social media, and use of propaganda venues such as Russia Today. Evidence to date indicates that no polls or State election systems were manipulated to change the outcome of the vote. However, there was evidence of Russian probing of certain election systems in 21 states. The Department of Defense has a critical role to play in challenging and influencing the mindset of our cyber adversaries and defending the homeland from attacks, attacks that could include cyber attacks by other nations against our election infrastructure. We look forward to the Department approaching these issues with a heightened sense of urgency." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Robert J. Butler, Heather A. Conley, Richard J. Harknett, and Michael L. Sulmeyer.
S. Hrg. 115-862; Senate Hearing 115-862
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