Pentagon Secretly Goes To War With The Internet
New $30 Billion "electronic Manhattan Project"
underway to prepare military and federal government for
all out cyberwar
The Pentagon is to spend $30 Billion building a super secret "National
Cyber Range" in order to prepare for all out cyber warfare
by using it to conduct mock online battles with realistic info-warriors.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA),
previously responsible for the development of electronic surveillance
programs such as Total
Information Awareness and MATRIX,
LifeLog and the
Brain Machine Interfaces enterprise, has been ordered
by Congress to create what is essentially a new internet as a
has reported "According to a defense official
familiar with the program: 'Congress has given DARPA a direct
order; that's only happened once before -- with the Sputnik program
in the '50s'"
The NCR will not only allow for defense from electronic
attack, but will also allow offensive strikes against "adversaries
online". It is rumored to be the keystone of a so called
"Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative", created
secret presidential order in January.
for proposals, released by DARPA yesterday outlined
how the agency wants the NCR to be able to "realistically
replicate human behavior and frailties," and feature "realistic,
sophisticated, nation-state quality offensive and defensive opposition
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The NCR's operators should be able to "integrate,
replicate, or simulate" military satellite and digital radio
communications, mobile ad-hoc networks, physical access control
systems, U.S. and foreign "unmanned aerial vehicles, weapons,
[and] radar systems" -- even "cyber cafes" and
"personal digital assistances [sic]." the proposal states.
A previous notice outlined that the NCR would allow
the Pentagon to:
• Conduct unbiased, quantitative and qualitative
assessment of information assurance and survivability tools
in a representative network environment.
• Replicate complex, large-scale, heterogeneous networks
and users in current and future Department of Defense (DoD)
weapon systems and operations.
• Enable multiple, independent, simultaneous experiments
on the same infrastructure.
• Enable realistic testing of Internet/Global-Information-Grid
(GIG) scale research.
• Develop and deploy revolutionary cyber testing capabilities.
• Enable the use of the scientific method for rigorous
The project is so secret that it has been referred
to as an electronic"Manhattan
Project". The Senate Homeland Security committee,
a key Senate oversight panel has cited concerns about the secrecy
around the project and has been forced
to write to the DHS to request basic information
on the project.
Commentators have speculated that the entire project
may be a huge new part of the federal government's so called "terrorist
surveillance program", which has so far only been shown to
constitute cyberwarfare against everyday Americans via warrantless
wiretapping and interception of communications.
"Why might citizens be worried about privacy
and civil liberties? Consider that the whole initiative appears
to have been launched after the Director of National Intelligence
told the President Bush that a cyber attack might wreak as much
economic havoc as 9/11 did. Consider that the NSA, which currently
protects classified networks, wants to expand into protecting
all non-classified federal government networks. Consider that
Congress is set to legalize the NSA's monitoring rooms in the
nation's phone and internet infrastructure. For its part, the
FBI says it also needs access to the internet's backbone, while
the Air Force is hyping its own efforts at cyber defense and
Now it seems the only question is whether the
government will be able to turn the net into a controllable,
monitorable and trackable pre-internet AOL-type service or whether
the chaotic net will live on as just another frontier for the
military-industrial complex to start an arm's race and rake
in billions of government dollars."
Could this be the Pentagon's ultimate "solution"
to counter the internet, an arena of freedom and progress that
military strategists now view as a bastard
child they let slip from their grasp some twenty
or so years ago?
Security head Chertoff has denied that the project
is part of a vast effort to restrict or "sit on the internet",
the Pentagon has previously made it clear that the internet, free
of restriction and holding such potential for free speech, is
in direct opposition to their goals.
The Pentagon has stressed that the internet needs
to be dealt with as if it were an enemy "weapons system".
Recently, a document entitled Information
Operation Roadmap (PDF) was declassified by
the Pentagon due to a Freedom of Information Act request by the
National Security Archive at George Washington University.
One portion of the document states:
“Information, always important in warfare, is now critical
to military success and will only become more so in the foreseeable
future..... Information operations should be centralized under
the Office of the Secretary of Defence and made a core military
"Objective: IO [information operations] becomes a core
competency. The importance of dominating the information spectrum
explains the objective of transforming IO into a core military
competency on a par with air, ground, maritime and special operations.
The charge to the IO Roadmap oversight panel was to develop
as concrete a set of action recommendations as possible to make
IO a core competency, which in turn required identifying the
essential prerequisites to become a core military competency."
Another section of the document focuses on what is referred to
as "Computer Network Attack":
"When implemented the recommendations of this report will
effectively jumpstart a rapid improvement of CNA [Computer Network
Attack] capability." - 7
"Enhanced IO [information operations] capabilities for
the warfighter, including: ... A robust offensive suite of capabilities
to include full-range electronic and computer network attack..."
While other sections urge the Department of Defense to "Fight
"We Must Fight the Net. DoD [Department of Defense] is
building an information-centric force. Networks are increasingly
the operational center of gravity, and the Department must be
prepared to "fight the net." " - 6
"DoD's "Defense in Depth" strategy should operate
on the premise that the Department will "fight the net"
as it would a weapons system." - 13
A previous document that echoes such sentiments is the now infamous
America's Defences by The Project for a New
American Century (PNAC). In this 2000 document those that would
go on to become the nucleus of the Bush administration stated:
"It is now commonly understood that information and other
new technologies... are creating a dynamic that may threaten
America's ability to exercise its dominant military power."
"Control of space and cyberspace. Much as control of the
high seas - and the protection of international commerce - defined
global powers in the past, so will control of the new "international
commons" be a key to world power in the future. An America
incapable of protecting its interests or that of its allies
in space or the "infosphere" will find it difficult
to exert global political leadership." - 51
"Although it may take several decades for the process
of transformation to unfold, in time, the art of warfare on
air, land, and sea will be vastly different than it is today,
and "combat" likely will take place in new dimensions:
in space, "cyber-space," and perhaps the world of
microbes." - 60
The importance of information warfare is clearly laid out in
both these documents. Brent Jessop, a regular contributor to Infowars.net
and Prisonplanet.com has exhaustively documented the phenomenon
Spectrum Information Warfare” in a four part
series of articles.
We have also previously documented the existing moves
to kill off the internet as we know it today by the
Note that the enemy is never specifically named, it is merely
whoever uses the net, because the enemy IS the net. The enemy
is the freedom the net provides to billions around the globe and
the threat to militaristic dominance of information and the ultimate
power that affords.
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