Boyle Amendment Addressing Hybrid Threats Passes U.S. House
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House of Representatives passed Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-13)’s amendment to the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) encouraging greater international cooperation to address hybrid threats. Hybrid threats are identified as those that blend conventional warfare with newer, irregular tactics like cyber attacks. Boyle has been a consistent advocate for addressing hybrid threats as a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and lead sponsor of H.R. 1997, the Ukraine Cybersecurity Cooperation Act.
“Hybrid warfare is emerging as the greatest defense challenge of the 21st century,” said Congressman Boyle. “Adversaries like the Kremlin have increasingly resorted to these hybrid tactics in an attempt to undermine democracies, including our own. Addressing this challenge requires a coordinated global effort in partnership with our allies who frequently face these same threats. Today, I’m proud that the House affirmed this basic truth and made clear that the United States is stronger and more effective in addressing hybrid threats when we lead the charge in close coordination with our partners around the world.”
As a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Congressman Boyle also serves on the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade as well as the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa. The NDAA now awaits final passage in the Senate.