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Fierce Cyber War Predicted

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 has been a tool of warfare for centuries, the Internet and other technologies are boosting 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, Virginia. Comments hard to come by The Pentagon has been mostly mum about what it can do and plans. Military analysts wouldn’t reveal specifics, fearful the Iraqis could develop countermeasures. Full Story

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