Pentagon Looks To Replace Human Hackers With AI – Activist Post


15-09-20 08:57:00,

The Industrial/Military Complex is saturated with Technocrats who have algorithmic solutions for everything, including warfare. WWIII will be fought with AI-driven asymmetric tactics at the speed of light and far beyond human ability to understand what it is doing. ⁃ Technocracy News & Trends Editor Patrick Wood

By: Zachary Fryer-Biggs via Yahoo!

Secretive Pentagon research program looks to replace human hackers with AI

The Joint Operations Center inside Fort Meade in Maryland is a cathedral to cyber warfare. Part of a 380,000-square-foot, $520 million complex opened in 2018, the office is the nerve center for both the U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency as they do cyber battle. Clusters of civilians and military troops work behind dozens of computer monitors beneath a bank of small chiclet windows dousing the room in light.Three 20-foot-tall screens are mounted on a wall below the windows. On most days, two of them are spitting out a constant feed from a secretive program known as “Project IKE.”The room looks no different than a standard government auditorium, but IKE represents a radical leap forward.If the Joint Operations Center is the physical embodiment of a new era in cyber warfare — the art of using computer code to attack and defend targets ranging from tanks to email servers — IKE is the brains. It tracks every keystroke made by the 200 fighters working on computers below the big screens and churns out predictions about the possibility of success on individual cyber missions. It can automatically run strings of programs and adjusts constantly as it absorbs information.

IKE is a far cry from the prior decade of cyber operations, a period of manual combat that involved the most mundane of tools.The hope for cyber warfare is that it won’t merely take control of an enemy’s planes and ships but will disable military operations by commandeering the computers that run the machinery, obviating the need for bloodshed. The concept has evolved since the infamous American and Israeli strike against Iran’s nuclear program with malware known as Stuxnet, which temporarily paralyzed uranium production starting in 2005.

Before IKE, cyber experts would draw up battle plans on massive whiteboards or human-sized paper sheets taped to walls. They would break up into teams to run individual programs on individual computers and deliver to a central desk slips of paper scrawled with handwritten notes,

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Pentagon Admits Risk Of ‘Mistakenly’ Firing Land-Based Nuclear Missiles In Rare Memo


31-07-20 07:56:00,

The Pentagon has made a not-so-comforting admission that its nuclear arsenal is subject to errors and ‘mistakes’ — namely the potential for land-based missiles carrying nukes to be fired by mistake.

The almost unheard of public acknowledgement of such a danger, which it should be noted (if not already obvious) could trigger global nuclear apocalypse, actually came as part of an argument for why the DoD nuclear weapons program needs much more funding and a ‘restart’:

The Trump administration, in a closely held memo to lawmakers this spring, justified developing the first new U.S. atomic weapon since the Cold War by citing vulnerabilities and risks in the current nuclear arsenal that are rarely or never acknowledged in public.

In an unclassified five-page white paper sent to Congress in May, the Pentagon and the Energy Department’s National Nuclear Security Administration, or NNSA, affirm a point they have long minimized: the dangers of land-based missiles ready to launch minutes after a warning of enemy attack.

August 5, 2019 explosion near Achinsk, Russia. Via AP

Recall that in late May of this year it was revealed that the White House is actually mulling conducting the first US nuclear test since the end of the Cold War. The last was conducted 28 years ago.

Administration officials suggested it would send a strong “message” to Russia and China at a moment landmark Cold War era nuclear arms reduction treaties are unraveling, and at a moment the US hopes to revise New START to account for China’s high tech arsenal.

“The document, which was obtained by CQ Roll Call and has not previously been disclosed, makes the fullest case yet for the $14 billion W93 submarine-launched atomic warhead program and its MK7 reentry vehicle, which would cost several hundred million more dollars,” Roll Call reports.

Citing a “variety of risks” in the current nuclear arsenal and launch processes, officials described that “the W93 warhead must be funded, starting in fiscal 2021, because of what it described as perils and vulnerabilities in the Navy’s inventory of sub-launched weapons, as well as in the Air Force’s land-based missiles and bombers.” 

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COVID-19: The Pentagon Confronts the Pandemic


23-07-20 07:39:00,

Michael Klare says naval robotic warfare is beginning to move out of dystopian futuristic fantasies and into official battlefield visions. 

U.S. Navy lieutenant records vitals during morning medical checks for sailors assigned to aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, May 1, 2020, at Naval Base Guam. (U.S. Marine Corps, Jordan E. Gilbert)

By Michael T. Klare

On March 26, the Coronavirus accomplished what no foreign adversary has been able to do since the end of World War II: it forced an American aircraft carrier, the USS Theodore Roosevelt, to suspend patrol operations and shelter in port. By the time that ship reached dock in Guam, hundreds of sailors had been infected with the disease and nearly the entire crew had to be evacuated.

As news of the crisis aboard the TR (as the vessel is known) became public, word came out that at least 40 other U.S. warships, including the carrier USS Ronald Reagan and the guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd, were suffering from Covid-19 outbreaks. None of these approached the scale of the TR and, by June, the Navy was again able to deploy most of those ships on delayed schedules and/or with reduced crews.

By then, however, it had become abundantly clear that the long-established U.S. strategy of relying on large, heavily armed warships to project power and defeat foreign adversaries was no longer fully sustainable in a pandemic-stricken world.

Just as the Navy was learning that its preference for big ships with large crews — typically packed into small spaces for extended periods of time — was quite literally proving a dead-end strategy (one of the infected sailors on the TR died of complications from Covid-19), the Army and Marine Corps were making a comparable discovery. Their favored strategy of partnering with local forces in far-flung parts of the world like Iraq, Japan, Kuwait, and South Korea, where local safeguards against infectious disease couldn’t always be relied on (or,

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Das Pentagon gegen Präsident Trump


12-06-20 10:25:00,

Wir haben vor mehr als zwei Monaten über die mögliche Erklärung des Kriegsrechts zur Bekämpfung der Covid-19-Epidemie diskutiert [1]. Die Europäische Union verurteilte damals unseren Artikel als prorussische Propaganda [2]. Aber die Top-Offiziere sind gerade aus ihrer Reserve gekommen.

Verteidigungsminister Mark Esper hat sich von Präsident Trump distanziert. Er hat sich öffentlich gegen die Mobilisierung von Militärangehörigen zur Wiederherstellung der Ordnung gestellt, die derzeit durch gewalttätige Proteste anlässlich des Todes von George Floyd schwer gestört wird.

Der ehemalige Verteidigungsminister Jim Mattis, begleitet vom Vorsitzenden der Stabschefs, General Mike Milley, gab letzte Woche The Atlantic ein Interview. Wenn der ranghöchste Offizier während des Treffens auch kein Wort gesagt hat, übergab er der Monatszeitschrift einen Artikel gegen die Mobilisierung der Streitkräfte zum Zweck der Aufrechterhaltung der öffentlichen Ordnung. Sein ehemaliger Chef hat die umstrittene Politik von Präsident Donald Trump ausdrücklich angeprangert.

Der ehemalige Direktor der CIA, General David Petraeus, präsentierte The Atlantic ebenfalls einen Leitartikel, indem er forderte, dass ein Dutzend Militärstützpunkte, deren Namen derzeit von konföderierten Generälen stammen, umbenannt würden.

Der ehemalige US-Vizepräsident und demokratische Präsidentschaftskandidat Joe Biden erklärte am 10. Juni 2020 in der Daily Show von Comedy Central in zweideutiger Weise, er habe gehört, dass die US-Offiziere bereit seien, Donald Trump manu militari zu feuern, falls er die Wahl verliert.

Am 11. Juni dankte Präsident Trump in einem Tweet Bischof Vigano dafür, dass er ihm einen Brief geschickt hatte, in dem er die Organisatoren des Putsches anlässlich des Covid-19 und der gewalttätigen Proteste anlässlich des Todes von George Floyd gleichsetzte [3].

Der Vorsitzende des Joint Chiefs’ Committee (Generalstab), General Mark Milley, erklärte feierlich in einer aufgezeichneten Botschaft für eine Abschlussfeier an der Militärfakultät der Notre Dame University am 11. Juni, dass er Präsident Trump nicht bis zum Fuße der St. John Kirche hätte begleiten sollen, als die Menge zerstreut wurde. Er bedauerte es, ein parteiisches Bild der Streitkräfte gegeben zu haben (Bild).

Die Pentagon-Offiziere wurden alle von Admiral Arthur Cebrowski ausgebildet. Viele von ihnen bedauern den derzeitigen Truppenabzug aus Afghanistan und den angekündigten Truppenabzug aus Deutschland. Die die Soldaten jedoch, unterstützen Präsident Trump mit überwältigender Mehrheit und hoffen, dass alle Truppen nach Hause zurückkehren werden.

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The Pentagon against President Trump


12-06-20 10:39:00,

Two months ago we had envisioned the possibility that martial law might be declared to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic [1]. The European Union then slammed our article as pro-Russian propaganda [2]. However, the fact remains that a number of key military officers have recently come out of their reserve.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper has publicly distanced himself from President Donald Trump’s recent announcement to deploy the military to restore public order, which has been seriously disturbed by the violent protests in the wake of George Flyod’s tragic death.

Former Secretary of Defense General Jim Mattis gave an interview to The Atlantic last week along with the Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff, General Mike Milley. While the latter, as top-ranking military officer in service, failed to speak during the meeting, he nevertheless handed over an OpEd column to the monthly magazine pronouncing himself against the mobilization of the Armed Forces for the purpose of maintaining public order. His former boss explicitly denounced the divisive policy allegedly carried out by President Donald Trump.

Former CIA director General David Petraeus also submitted an OpEd to The Atlantic coming out in favour of renaming a dozen military bases currently known as Confederate Generals.

During his 10 June 2020 appearance on the Comedy Central’s Daily Show, former US Vice President and Democratic Party presidential candidate Joe Biden reported having heard that US military officers were ready to remove Donald Trump manu militari if he loses the election.

In a Tweet on 11 June, President Trump thanked Archbishop Viganò for his letter in which he equated the organizers of the destabilization attempt, behind the pretext of the Covid-19 pandemic, with those fuelling the violent demonstrations following the death of George Floyd [3].

Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley solemnly declared in a recorded message for a military graduation ceremony at Notre Dame University on 11 June that he regretted having gone with President Trump to Saint John Church while the crowd was being dispersed. He lamented having given a partisan image of the Armed Forces (photo).

The Pentagon officers were all trained by Admiral Arthur Cebrowski.

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