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King Pushes for Cyber Offensive Capability

WASHINGTON - Some of the nation's top cyber-security leaders appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday to discuss what policies should be included to defend against cyber-attacks from other nations.

Maine Sen. Angus King said it's having a good defense is not enough.

"The idea that we can continue to just simply defend and never have an offensive capability I just think is ignoring this enormous threat," King said.

The Committee is working on legislation that would define defense policies in many areas. King suggests adding a new definition of what constitutes a war to the list. He says future conflicts between nations may be computer systems fighting, not the traditional wars of the past.

Journalist Mal Leary spearheads Maine Public's news coverage of politics and government and is based at the State House.