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Gen. Alexander insisted that the military is “fully integrated” with the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security, the two domestic agencies with which it shares responsibility for detecting and responding to cyberattacks.

Asked whether he could respond against a cyberattack before it reached the United States, as the military would with a missile or air attack, Gen. Alexander replied, “What I’m pushing for is to have those [authorities in the rules of engagement] so that we can protect and prevent” as well as respond.