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[] wired: Planning for the Next Cyberwar,


 fast wie in der NYT:

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Planning for the Next Cyberwar

02:00 AM Apr. 18, 2003 PT

Buoyed by its decisive win in Iraq, the Pentagon is betting billions
that the information technology system that helped defeat Saddam
Hussein will evolve into a more potent weapon than cluster bombs and

Department of Defense futurists call it network-centric warfare. Other
military strategists simply refer to it as the digital war. The first
Gulf War was analog, they say. This one was digital.

Digital it may have been -- using real-time video images to target
missiles in flight, wireless PDAs to connect with stateside medical
records from the battlefield, and virtual-reality simulations to
provide just-in-time delivery of material to front-line troops. But
the nascent version of network-centric warfare waged in Iraq was but a
pixilated, low-res harbinger of computer combat to come.

"The end of the Cold War has produced an arena where threats are
amorphous and evasive (and) not easy to attack," said Dr. Allan
Steinhardt of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's
Information Exploitation Office, who noted that the wartime need for
unambiguous, precise information on the battlefield "has never been
more important."

To get that information to officers in as close to real time as is
technologically possible, Steinhardt and his colleagues in DARPA,
other Defense Department research centers and university and defense
contractor labs will use their slice of the Pentagon's estimated $500
billion budget in 2004 to fund such network-centric warfare
initiatives as:

Blue-force tagging: One of the most shocking aspects of both Gulf Wars
was an overwhelming ratio of friendly fire to enemy fire casualties.
It sometimes seemed that coalition members were in more danger from
their own side than from the Iraqis.



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