“Cyber is now seen as a core issue for defence policy, foreign policy and more… it’s not just a technical issue."
Translation: We have the NSA, but we don't bother listening to them and they pretty much just do what they want. Plus, I can increase my political capital far better by building a completely new cash toilet.
“Cyberspace is a new domain of war and all countries are involved in it,”
Translation: I need to kind of pretend that I think this is important and that I give more than the atomic mass of one hydrogen atom's worth of a shit about this so I can get more tax money.
“A lot of malign activity is occurring below the high threshold of what could be classified as an act of war,”
Translation: We want unlimited scope in order to secure unlimited funding.
“We’re doing a poor job at deterrence in cyberspace.
Translation: We're doing a piss-poor job at pretty much everything at price points that are orders of magnitude higher than what other countries are doing even on a per-capita basis...and some of the other countries shit actually kind of works.
The credibility of response is OK but timeliness is a problem partly because of attribution.”
“We didn’t see the Russian threat coming,”
Translation: The vastness and utter totality of the extent to which we don't give a shit is well beyond the comprehension of even the greatest minds in the world.
“We need to expand the tool set,”
Translation: We need to pour additional billions into creating software weapons that will end up being hauled out the front door of whatever letter agency in a wheelbarrow and unceremoniously dumped in front of the main headquarters of National Kleptomaniacs Anonymous.
“Tech people need to tell policy people about the next coming threat.”
"Tech people": crony dipshits
"tell policy people about the next coming threat": consume massive amounts of tax money and produce absolutely nothing of value whatsoever.