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Wednesday, 31 January 2007 09:06

US Military Roadmap: 'Fight the Net'
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JANUARY 30, 2007 | Ground operations, air operations, maritime operations -- and now, information operations?

That's right -- the U.S. military wants to add information operations as a new military core competency, according to a newly declassified Defense Department document called the "Information Operations Roadmap." The 78-page document, written in October 2003 and signed by former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld (complete with blacked-out blocks of classified text), was obtained via the Freedom of Information Act by the National Security Archive at George Washington University and reported by BBC News.

It provides a sneak-peek into the military's ambitious goals for information operations: using/fighting the Internet, improving psychological operations (psyops), and dominating the electromagnetic spectrum. Bottom line: Information is crucial to the military's success.

"Fight the Net" is a major recurring theme of the document. Given the rise in hacker and cybercrime risks to U.S. businesses, the military should fight the Internet as if it were an "enemy weapons system," the document says. It also points out that networks are becoming more vulnerable and calls for a defense-in-depth strategy for "providing Combatant Commanders with the tools necessary to preserve warfighting capability."

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