A newly declassified Pentagon report personally approved by Donald Rumsfeld, a 74-page “Information Operations Roadmap” declares that it is developing a strategy to combat the vastness of Internet itself as though it were an enemy unto itself:
It seems to see the internet as being equivalent to an enemy weapons system.
“Strategy should be based on the premise that the Department [of Defense] will ‘fight the net’ as it would an enemy weapons system,” it reads.
The slogan “fight the net” appears several times throughout the roadmap.
While there’s little detail as to whether dissent or disagreement with Pentagon policies is viewed as “enemy behavior” the idea that the Department of Defense is painting with such a large brush is unnerving. Part of the strategy for winning an electronic warfare scenario is apparently a cataclysmic notion to completely render wide swaths urban landscapes completely unusable:
And, in a grand finale, the document recommends that the United States should seek the ability to “provide maximum control of the entire electromagnetic spectrum”.
US forces should be able to “disrupt or destroy the full spectrum of globally emerging communications systems, sensors, and weapons systems dependent on the electromagnetic spectrum”.
Consider that for a moment.
The US military seeks the capability to knock out every telephone, every networked computer, every radar system on the planet.
While I have my doubts that such a chain of events would come to pass that they would choose suicidal destruction of the entire planet’s electronic systems, there is a hint of truth in the possibility of detonating EMP (electro-magnetic pulses) above supposed enemy cities in order to cripple them technologically. Michael Hampton: “In this information age, use of one is nearly the same thing as using a nuclear weapon: even if it killed no one, it would devastate the landscape for years to come. They should be treated with as much gravity, and authority to use them vested with the President alone, on par with nuclear weapons.”