Lynn in Europe to Discusses CybersecurityDeputy Defense Secretary's 2nd Trip in 4 Months to the Continent
Not quite shuttle diplomacy, but the Defense Department’s No. 2 official is back in Europe – the second time in four months – to discuss cybersecurity with America’s European allies.
Defense Deputy Secretary William Lynn III will meet with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, but will work most closely with Ambassador Gábor Iklódy of Hungary, the alliance’s assistant secretary general for emerging security challenges, according to a report by the Armed Services Press Service.
“It’s an opportunity for Deputy Secretary Lynn to meet and discuss with NATO and EU leaders ways to strengthen cybersecurity and to follow through on the Lisbon Summit declaration to develop and implement a NATO cyber policy and implementation plan with real capabilities,” Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman says.
NATO political and military leaders and their cybersecurity experts are meeting in Brussels to track the progress made since the summit in November.
A DoD official speaking on background told the Pentagon news services that an aim of the meeting is to secure the alliance networks and to have all nations contribute to that effort. A primary focus for Lynn this week is “to look at bringing these nations together under this NATO common vision and having them leverage each others’ expertise and experiences and drawing a common vision based on the threat to better secure NATO’s networks,” the official says.