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Table of Contents - September 24, 2018

White House Streamlines Cyber Operation Approval Process

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The Trump administration has rescinded a presidential policy directive (PPD) signed by former President Obama that required several approval steps before an offensive cyber operation could be launched against a hostile foreign power, White House National Security Adviser John Bolton said this week.

The new process for approving secret cyber missions "is very different from PPD-20, and we hope it will provide the necessary coordination and direction and still enable these operations to be conducted in a timely fashion," Mr. Bolton told reporters. "Our hands are not tied as they were in the Obama administration."

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