USAF – Destroy, Deny, Degrade, Disrupt, Deceive, Corrupt, Usurp Cyberspace
There was a time, not all that long ago, when the U.S. military wouldn’t even whisper about its plans to hack into opponents’ networks. Now America’s armed forces can’t stop talking about it.
The latest example comes from the U.S. Air Force, which last week announced its interest in methods “to destroy, deny, degrade, disrupt, deceive, corrupt, or usurp the adversaries [sic] ability to use the cyberspace domain for his advantage.” But that’s only one item in a long list of “Cyberspace Warfare Operations Capabilities” that the Air Force would like to possess. The service, in its request for proposals, also asked for the “ability to control cyberspace effects at specified times and places,” as well as the “denial of service on cyberspace resources, current/future operating systems, and network devices.”
Invincea wasn’t immediately able to comment on the “Digital Battlefield Understanding Study and proof-of-concept demonstration” that it intends to produce for Darpa. But a military document justifying Invincea’s sole-source contract notes that the company submitted an “unsolicited proposal” for the project on June 26. Less than a month later, it was approved. “Invincea is the only source who possesses the particular commercial software and knowledge necessary to rapidly address technical insights in modeling a cyber battlespace and optimizing digital battle plans,” the document notes.
These digital weapons could even be deployed before a battle begins. The Air Force notes that it would like to deploy “technologies/capabilities” that leave “the adversary entering conflicts in a degraded state.
Today it was reported that 70% of Obama’s Twitter followers were fake. It seems in vogue for the Politicians and the Military to “deceive” with fake accounts. Trouble is, the general public can detect such shills at 10 paces…
I can remember when Sky News (owned by Murdoch), broadcast open lies during the Ossetia war… RT broadcast footage which showed Sky News to be propaganda. I have never trusted Sky News or Murdoch since. It only takes lies and propaganda to be detected “once” to destroy trust.
There is a situation here – where the USAF could get exposed by Russian hackers, and suffer a backlash from US citizens… the same is true for the UK. The public are more aware of corruption today than ever before, and we might be listening carefully to Putin.
When Russian or Chinese hackers or TV stations expose fraud in the US, then they are acting for the greater good.
Thomas Jefferson said an “informed public” was critical for society, and it’s interesting that when our governments lie to us, so called “enemy states” become the best friends to an informed democracy.