Thursday, April 13, 2006

Pentagon Eyeing Google, Blogs

An influential advisory panel to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is exploring the military implications of powerful Internet search engines like Google, online journals and other new tools for accessing and distributing information.

Kenneth Krieg, under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, has directed the Defense Science Board to conduct a summer study examining “Information Management for Net-Centric Operations.” The goal is to ensure that the Defense Department has in place the proper information networks to sustain future operations.

Information and the networks that carry it “are the lifeblood of military and civil operations,” Krieg wrote in a March 15 memo that will guide the work of the six- to nine-month assessment. The acquisition executive has told the panel to assess the Pentagon's “strategy, scope and progress toward achieving a robust and adaptive net-centric DOD enterprise.”

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