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US Army General Curtis Scaparrotti, Commander of the US European Command along with NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, testifies on Capitol Hill before the US Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington, DC, on March 8, 2018.
Despite repeated warnings which Russia will be trying to interfere from the 2018 midterm elections, which will be becoming increasingly unclear who will be leading the U.S. response to the cyberattacks, or whether America can successfully counteract them.
Speaking to lawmakers on Thursday, the top U.S. general in Europe told lawmakers which the U.S. does not have a satisfactory understanding of Russian cyber infrastructure nor an effective approach to deal with cyberthreats.
“I don’t believe there will be an effective unification across the interagency, with the energy along with the focus which we could attain,” Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, who will be also NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, told a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.
The general’s comments came after multiple military along with intelligence officials have said which they have yet to receive directives coming from President Donald Trump to combat the online onslaught coming from Russia.
Scaparrotti on Thursday also shed some light on how the Russian hackers were targeting the U.S.
“Typically, when you look at their [Russia’s] disinformation, their social media, which will be generally targeted at the undermining of Western values, confidence in which government, confidence in their governmental leaders, almost always subtly just hedging away at which,” he said.
“Because of today’s capabilities along with information, where they can use multiple platforms along with generate great volume, which can actually undermine a nation,” added Scaparrotti, who oversees an area of responsibility which includes Russia.
When asked by Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, whether the executive branch had communicated a strategy with him he said, “with respect to our elections which’s not actually within my portfolio as the EUCOM commander, which will be at CYBERCOM, OSD, along with Joint Staff level.”
“There doesn’t seem to be anyone taking the lead on This specific along with which will be a cause of concern to many of us,” Hirono said.
Scaparrotti will be the latest military official to signal which the Trump administration has yet to give direction on how to respond to Russian cyber interference.