Pentagon: Internet an ‘Operational Domain’ for Wars

Military Eyes Dramatic Increase in 'Cybersecurity' Employees

Finally releasing their long-promised “cybersecurity plan,” the Pentagon today declared that the Internet is now being considered an “operational domain” for all wars, and proposed a dramatic increase in the number of employees fighting wars on the Internet.

The declaration of the Internet as a warzone is largely in keeping with previous comments from Obama Administration officials, and the release coincided with the announcement that some 24,000 files had been stolen by “foreign intruders.”

Deputy Secretary of Deference William Lynn sought to downplay the significance of the announcement, however, insisting that the use of the Internet as a warzone “no more militarizes cyberspace than having a navy militarizes the ocean.”

Though still concerning, the plan is vague and at least something of a concession from a 2008 paper in which the Pentagon declared the Internet should be treated as “an enemy weapons system” and that the military should develop offensive capabilities to “fight the net.”

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