Right: US Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn unveiled the Pentagon’s strategy for cyberspace
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WASHINGTON (AFP) - The Pentagon unveiled its strategy Thursday for defending critical networks and responding to growing threats in cyberspace.
“In the 21st Century, bits and bytes can be as threatening as bullets and bombs,” Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn said in a speech accompanying the release of the cyberspace strategy document.
“Keystrokes originating in one country can impact the other side of the globe in the blink of an eye.”
The “Department of Defense Strategy for Operating in Cyberspace” calls for the Pentagon to treat cyberspace as an operational domain, like land, air, sea and space.
Pentagon perception manager knows how to manipulate search engine algorithm
By Daniel Taylor / Old-Thinker News
The Pentagon announced today that the internet is an active “Operational Domain” for the military. In fact the internet was already targeted by the Pentagon in its 2003 Information Operations Roadmap that outlined a strategy to “fight the net” as if it were an enemy weapons system. The strategy as outlined for the public involves protecting “national security” and sensitive government networks from hack attacks.
Information warfare is the front line of battle in the 21st Century, a fact that the Pentagon is clearly aware of.
“It begins with getting inside the algorithm.”
“Perception manager” John Rendon is a key figure in the information war. As Rolling Stone reports, his job was to sell the Iraq war to the American people, but Rendon firmly denies any involvement. As of 2005, John’s firm, the Rendon Group, has earned more than $56 million in Pentagon contracts.
In his newly released book The Filter Bubble: What the internet is hiding from you, Eli Pariser of Moveon.org interviews Rendon, where he candidly spoke of perception management in the digital world. Specifically, Rendon hints that he knows how to game the system of search engine algorithms – the system by which pages are ranked and internet searches are displayed – and in turn shift the mindset of the masses.