On Tuesday, US Cyber Command chief Admiral Mike Rogers testified before lawmakers that he hasn’t been granted the authority by President Donald Trump to truly disrupt Russian election hacking operations.
Democratic Senator Jack Reed (RI) asked Rogers whether he has been directed by the President, through the defense secretary, to confront Russian cyber operators at the source. Rogers responded that he had not been instructed to do so, but said that he has tried to work within the authority he maintains as commander.
Rogers also admitted that it is fair to say that “we have not opted to engage in some of the same behaviors we are seeing” where Russia is concerned, but disagreed with Reed’s characterization that the United States is taking an approach akin to “sitting back and waiting.”
Notably, Admiral Rogers told lawmakers:
“It has not changed the calculus or the behavior on behalf of the Russians. They have not paid a price that is sufficient to change their behavior.”