The Russians are not the only game in town when it comes to cyberwarfare, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Thursday amid revelations in the Mueller report about how Russian intelligence officers interfered with the 2016 presidential election.

Released on Thursday, a redacted copy of the report details how the GRU – Russian military intelligence – broke into government, company, and personal computers to steal a treasure trove of information that was used to smear Hillary Clinton.

But the U.S. government is not helpless against Russian hackers, said Shanahan, who has not read the Mueller report.

"The Russians present a risk," Shanahan told reporters on Thursday. "My job is to manage the risk. We have tremendous capability at Cyber Command and the NSA."

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A team of former U.S. government intelligence operatives working for the United Arab Emirates hacked into the iPhones of activists, diplomats and rival foreign leaders with the help of a sophisticated spying tool called Karma, in a campaign that shows how potent cyber-weapons are proliferating beyond the world's superpowers and into the hands of smaller nations.

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Direct commissioning of information warfare officers, smooth cyber operators, and such has been going on for awhile. Does anyone know how it is going? I ask because, as I was reading the April issue of the Marine Corps Gazette, it occurred to me that it must be a very difficult proposition, especially for active duty forces.

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The Marines have fought in every clime and place where they could take a gun. But it turns out they’re pretty good at doing “the cyber,” too.

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After years of shrinking almost everything — from the size of its fleet of airplanes and fighter squadrons to its active-duty forces — the Air Force is looking to expand to meet the increasingly dire threats around the globe, Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson said in an exclusive interview with the Dayton Daily News.

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Department of Defense photo by Glenn Fawcett

According to the Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work “it really sucks to be ISIL right now."

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