Last week, the government admitted that China and Russia have ongoing, aggressive cyber-spying efforts against the U.S. This week DARPA admitted it doesn\u2019t have the expertise to stop them. So it is asking (a select group of) the public for help.\n\tI can\u2019t believe anyone was surprised when the report fingering \u00a0Moscow and Beijing was put out by Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive (that\u2019s a long way to go for an acronym of ONCE).\n\t\n\t\t"Chinese actors are the world's most active and persistent perpetrators of economic espionage. Russia's intelligence services are conducting a range of activities to collect economic information and technology from U.S. targets."\n\n\tAlso not surprising: China\u2019s denial.\n\tWhat was surprising was DARPA\u2019s willingness to publicly ask for help in dealing with this process. That came at yesterday\u2019s \u201cColloquium on Future Directions in Cyber Security.\u201d The event brought together about 700 experts from the white hat hacker community, academia, labs, non-profits and for-profits whom the agency hopes will work with it and the defense and intelligence communities. Some of those experts will be tapped to join a team of experts to combat online threats.\u00a0(But will the new group\u2019s jackets be as cool as those given out by The Internet Storm Center? I doubt it.)\n\tAccording to DARPA director Regina Dugan, the agency wants to be able to set policies which anticipate threats, not just respond to them. She also wants the ability to react immediately when threats appear. This would involve \u201cthe efforts of technical experts at unprecedented levels, including at the development of policy and legal frameworks \u2026 on timescales that correspond with the dynamic nature of advances in cyberspace.\u201d In other words, she wants to go boldly where no bureaucracy has gone before.\n\tBecause cyber security is hot right now, the agency is likely to get increased funding even in a time of budget cuts. Even so, it still won\u2019t be able to match private sector pay. Instead it is going to have to rely on two things to bring geeks on-board: Patriotism and the chance to be on the front lines of real cyber wars.