The Israeli-Hezbollah War of 2006: The Media as a Weapon in Asymmetrical Conflict

30 04 2007

Based on content analysis of global media and interviews with many diplomats and journalists, this paper describes the trajectory of the media from objective observer to fiery advocate, becoming in fact a weapon of modern warfare. The paper also shows how an open society, Israel, is victimized by its own openness and how a closed sect, Hezbollah, can retain almost total control of the daily message of journalism and propaganda. From Harvard University – John F. Kennedy School of Government by Marvin Kalb

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U.S. Leaders lay ground for Cyberspace Command

16 02 2007

No surprise here, as the Americans continue to pursue their doctrine of full spectrum dominace, by increasing the militarization of Cyberspace, with the establishment of a Cyberspace Command.

Cyberspace isn’t just for computer geeks anymore.

It is an emerging battleground crucial for ensuring that American wins the wars of the future, said top Air Force leaders speaking Feb. 8 and 9 at the Air Force Association’s Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Fla. From NavyTimes Read the rest of this entry »

Chinese test Anti-Satellite weapon: One step closer towards an arms race and the Weaponization of Outer Space?

20 01 2007

China’s recent successful attempt in destroying one of its own orbiting satellites with an anti-satellite missile has raised the threat of an arms race in Outer Space, with satellite killing missiles being just the first step towards the weaponization of Outer Space.

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InfoWar in Iraq: where a video is worth a division of tanks

16 01 2007

Recently, there has been much talk about the U.S. increasing troop levels in Iraq to quell the insurgency. However, i wonder if having more troops will help turn the tide of the war in the U.S.’s favor. Why? Simply because, winning the battle for Iraqi hearts and minds is vital, and having more troops doesn’t help it. It simply reinforces any preconceptions many Iraqis may have about the occupation.

Furthermore, insurgents using simple cell-phone cameras, laptop editing programs and the Web are beating the United States in the fierce battle for Iraqi public opinion. Guerrillas have always sought alternative technologies to undermine their better-equipped enemies. What’s different now is the power and accessibility of such tools.

The consequences of losing the propaganda battle are real. “One of these videos is worth a division of tanks to those people,” says Robert Steele, a former U.S. Marine Corps intelligence officer.
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Robot Wars a reality? The United States Future Combat Systems (FCS) Project

12 01 2007

Are robots a part of future warfare? Very likely, according to the US Department of Defence which plans by 2015 to have one-third of its fighting strength composed of robots, and by 2035, to have the first completely autonomous robot soldiers to stride on to the battlefield.

This transformation is all part of a $127-billion technology project known as Future Combat Systems (FCS), one of the largest technology projects in US history.

However, the FCS Project is not limited to the use of robots in warfare.

Increasing the trend towards militarizing Cyberspace, the plans also include the creation of a hugely complex, distributed mobile computer network on to a battlefield with huge numbers of drones supplying nodes and communication points in an environment under continual attack.

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