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Cybersecurity, of course, requires a lot more than just military-to-military cooperation. After all, most cybersystems, upward of 90 percent, are in the private sector. Nevertheless, national defense forces are a natural place to start. Expanding NORAD’s mission to include the defense aspects of cybersecurity ought to be a multinational no-brainer.

c James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., is a senior research fellow for national security at the Heritage Foundation ( and director of Heritage’s Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies.