The Arabist

The Arabist

By Issandr El Amrani and friends.

An internet for empire

The New York Times explains the Pentagon's plans to build a "Global Information Grid" that will put instant coverage of the entire world in the hands of military commanders:

Many new multibillion-dollar weapons and satellites are "critically dependent on the future network," the agency reported. "Despite enormous challenges and risks - many of which have not been successfully overcome in smaller-scale efforts" like missile defense, "the Pentagon is depending on the GIG to enable a fundamental transformation in the way military operations are conducted."

According to Art Cebrowski, director of the Pentagon's Office of Force Transformation, "What we are really talking about is a new theory of war."