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Carter: NATO must bolster cyber defense


 U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is telling NATO leaders the alliance must improve its ability to defend itself against cyberattacks before it tries to build its cyber warfare capabilities.

   Carter's remarks in Brussels come amid rising tensions with Russia, which has proven its willingness to launch computer-based attacks against other nations.

   His message on offensive cyber operations runs counter to some experts and leaders who believe NATO should begin to develop cyber weapons, in order to deter opponents in the 21st century.

   Senior defense officials say cyber was one theme of Carter's remarks to the allies Wednesday, and to defense ministers he's met with in recent days. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

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