Reeling from a recent spate of cyber attacks, the Pentagon is looking for ways to retaliate because lack of a response is a sign of weakness (emphasis added):

“If we do nothing, then one of the potential unintended consequences of this could be, does this send a signal to other nation states, other groups, other actors that this kind of behavior is OK and that you can do this without generating any kind of response?” Adm. Mike Rogers said in a recent speech. Rogers, who is both the military’s top commander for cyber operations Relevant Products/Services as head of U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency, made the remarks at the Aspen Security Forum in Aspen, Colo., last week.

Without an aggressive U.S. response as a deterrent, a rise in destructive cyberattacks against government and business appears likely, a recent intelligence Relevant Products/Services assessment predicted.

“Until such time as we come up with a form of deterrence that works, we’re going to have more and more of this,” said Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper, also at the Aspen forum.

“I think the next wave, if you will, will be data Relevant Products/Services deletions and data manipulation, which will also be very, very damaging,” Clapper said.

But despite a significant increase in the number of attacks, the Obama administration has not settled on a consistent policy for responding.