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U.S., Iraq Brace For Possible Info War

Fierce cyber war predicted, thanks to advances in technology. Imagine Iraqi commanders getting misleading text messages on their cell phones. They appear to contain orders from Saddam Hussein but are actually sent by the U.S. military in disguise, directing Iraqi troops to a trap. Or how about a radar that confuses the Iraqi air defense system by showing U.S. bombers in the wrong locations, or heading in the wrong direction? ALTHOUGH “INFORMATION OPERATIONS” have been tools of warfare for centuries, the Internet and other technologies are boosting their capabilities — and the stakes. Already the Pentagon has sent unsolicited e-mails to Iraqi generals, encouraging them to defect. “Warfare is less and less about pushing men and machines around the battlefield and more and more about pushing electrons and photons,” said Loren Thompson, a defense analyst with the Lexington Institute in Arlington, Va. The Pentagon has been mostly mum about what it can do and plans. Military analysts with direct knowledge of them would not reveal specifics, fearful that Iraqis could develop countermeasures. Full Story

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