Securing the upcoming election against cyberattack or influence is rightfully garnering a great deal of attention, but a recent General Accounting Office (GAO) report indicates the United States is doing a poor job building weapon systems resistant to cyberattack.

The report noted that the very aspects that make some of the nation’s most dangerous weapons so effective also opens them up to attack by a cyber savvy adversary. These weaknesses include being automated and connected features that allow warships and advanced fighter planes to absorb and transmit huge amounts of data which greatly multiply their effectiveness in combat.

“In operational testing, DOD routinely found mission-critical cyber vulnerabilities in systems that were under development, yet program officials GAO met with believed their systems were secure and discounted some test results as unrealistic,” the report stated.

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