Despite predictions that their nations would be divided, the G-20 leaders said today they will take unified action against the global recession. On Reporter's Notebook, the US is vulnerable to a cyber attack that could shut down banks, public utilities and transportation systems as well as the Pentagon. What will it take to make them secure?
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Leaders of the world's largest economies are proclaiming success for their G-20 summit, promising concerted action against the global recession. The US and Britain say they got what they wanted. Sarkozy of France says it's “more than we could have hoped for.” Germany's Merkel calls it “almost historic.” We hear what's been accomplished, and what's been left out. For President Obama, it's on to the 60th anniversary of NATO. What's the modern role of history's most successful alliance? How much help will the US get in Afghanistan? Will NATO expansion continue in the direction of Russia?
Toby Helm, Political Correspondent, Observer
Charles Kupchan, Council on Foreign Relations / Georgetown University (@CFR_org)
Michael Williams, Professor of International Relations, University of London
Masha Lipman, Political analyst, Carnegie Moscow Center
A cyberattack could shut down transportation systems, public utilities and private companies as well as military installations. The Washington Post reports that Senators from both political parties are about to introduce legislation creating a White House office with unprecedented power over computer networks, both public and private. Their proposals are based on the recommendations of Securing Cyberspace for the 44th Presidency, a report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where James Lewis is director of the Commission on Cybersecurity.