PNAC Revisited: The Future of Warfare *

Knowledge Driven Revolution
12.09.07
Brent Jessop

If you do not already know who the Project for a New American Century is, please read this short article first – PNAC Revisited: Road Map to Iraq.

Project for a New American Century’s document entitled Rebuilding America’s Defenses describes a vision of future warfare very different than the warfare of today. It is continually referred to as a “revolution in military affairs.” This revolution is really more of a progression from dropping bombs and dominating foreign countries to bringing the terror back home to the West.

Network of Control

From Rebuilding America’s Defenses:

“New classes of sensors – commercial and military; on land, on and under sea, in the air and in space – will be linked together in dense networks that can be rapidly configured and reconfigured to provide future commanders with an unprecedented understanding of the battlefield.” - pg 59

Where is the battlefield? How about an urban war zone in the homeland? The following quote is from an excellent article by Mark Baard from ParallelNormal.com.

“Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, and Providence, R.I. are among the cities partnering with private companies and the federal government to set up public broadband internet access. Providence used Homeland Security funds to construct a network for police, which may be made available to the public at a later date…”

“But even if the cities fail to complete their Wi-Fi projects, the military will be able to set up wireless networks within hours, perhaps even faster.”

“The DOD [Department of Defense], which is in the middle of joint urban war-games with Homeland Security and Canadian, Israeli and other international forces, is experimenting with Wi-Fi networks it can set up on the fly.”

“According to a recent DOD announcement for contractors, soldiers will be able to drop robots, called LANdroids… when they arrive in a city. The robots will then scurry off to position themselves, becoming nodes for a wireless communications network. (Click here to download a PDF of the DOD announcement.)”

“The Wi-Fi antennae dotting the urban landscape will serve not only as communications relays, but as transponders that can pinpoint the exact positions of of individual computers and mobile phones–a scenario I described in the Boston Globe last year.”

“In other words, where GPS loses site of a device (and its owner), Wi-Fi will pick up the trail.”

“The antennae will also relay orders to the brain-chipped masses, members of the British Ministry of Defense and the DOD believe.”

Dominating Cyberspace

One of the most important aspects of war (or control in general) is to maintain complete supremacy over the flow of information. Rebuilding America’s Defenses made it very clear that for the U.S. to continue as a global empire it would have to control the internet.

“It is now commonly understood that information and other new technologies… are creating a dynamic that may threaten America’s ability to exercise its dominant military power.” - pg 4 (emphasis added)

“Control of space and cyberspace. Much as control of the high seas – and the protection of international commerce – defined global powers in the past, so will control of the new “international commons” be a key to world power in the future. An America incapable of protecting its interests or that of its allies in space or the “infosphere” will find it difficult to exert global political leadership.” - pg 51

From Cyberspace to the World of Microbes

“Although it may take several decades for the process of transformation to unfold, in time, the art of warfare on air, land, and sea will be vastly different than it is today, and “combat” likely will take place in new dimensions: in space, “cyber-space,” and perhaps the world of microbes.” - pg 60

“And advanced forms of biological warfare that can “target” specific genotypes may transform biological warfare from the realm of terror to a politically useful tool.” - pg 60

It can not be emphasized enough that these genotype specific biological weapons are considered, by people who are currently in positions of power, as a “politically useful tool”. If that doesn’t give you pause for concern, then not much can.

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