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June 2nd, 2009
08:58 AM ET

Military Mission into Cyberspace

The U.S. military is launching a new effort online. As the CNN Wire reports, the military is taking its Afghanistan mission to Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. It’s the “first-ever effort by the military in Afghanistan to engage nontraditional audiences directly with news, videos, pictures and other information from Operation Enduring Freedom,” the military says. In our 9am ET hour, our Josh Levs will give us a virtual tour of these new sites – including a video contest for members of the military called “Afghanistan Matters.”

We’d like to hear your thoughts on this new effort by the military. Post your comments below, and we just might read them on the air.

Filed under: Heidi Collins • Josh Levs • Tony Harris
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. dan in Tucson

    Nice PR approach. But in reality, why are we really there. Do we really need to be the world police and continuing to build our 'empire'? I know that it may be too late to just back out now, but the shear ignorance on making the decision to invade other countries on a whim, is ludicrous. Now we pay the price. And it is a big one.
    I look at a Middle Eastern person, not with fear, but with shame for all the carnage and misery we have dealt them. When is it going to stop?

    June 2, 2009 at 9:34 am |
  2. Sherwood

    Why is CNN acting as the Propaganda mouth piece of the Pentagon? I watched your piece on the contest, and am appalled that you are allowing yourselves to be used in such a manner by the Pentagon. We were promised by Obama that he would be bringing our troops home, not simply repositioning them into another LONG WAR in a land we have no place in. Obama has taken George W Bush's democracy building, repackaged it in an attempt to make it more palatable to the American Public, and is using cooperative News Agencies like (apparently) CNN to be their propaganda machine in selling the it wrong.

    It is also wrong for the military to be creating a new military command (Cyber Command) and moving into Cyberspace...where is some Congressional Approval, where is the public debate, rather than simply dumping this on us as Americans as if we no longer have a say in our own democracy?

    June 2, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  3. John Westra

    As a USAF veteran with two sons in the Air Force, I am glad to see our military using the latest social media tools to communicate with people. For many people, the only thing they know about what our troops are doing is what gets filtered through the media. It will be good to see more images and first-hand commentary by those who are actually serving their country on the front lines of the War on Terror.

    June 2, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  4. John Westra

    Those of us who serve, do so to protect the rights of all US citizens, including those who express opinions that are based on misinformation. The Commander and Chief (President), has the right to authorize the restructuring of the armed forces, including creating a new command Cyber Command. His only obligation to Congress is notification.

    Americans DO have a say in their Democratic Republic, through the ballot box and the election of representatives to Congress. We do NOT live in a direct Democracy. Just as there is no direct role for Congress to micro-manage military command structures, there is no "public debate" required to form a US Cyber Command.

    With the ever increasing likelihood of Cyber Terrorism and the potential catastrophic effects of Cyber Terrorism / Warfare on the US Economy, it is past time for a unified response to these threats. Utilizing a single command structure to meet this threat has the potential to boost capabilities, reduce response times and save taxpayer money. This consolidated approach could even be a model for future efforts aimed at unifying command structures and eliminating overlapping and redundant programs, while improving our ability to defend freedom anywhere in the world!

    June 2, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  5. ChrisG

    What's funny about this is that sites like YouTube are inaccessible internally from many DoD workstation or on many DoD networks.

    June 2, 2009 at 11:42 am |
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    June 2, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  7. Charlie Erickson

    I'm curious. Does this not open up new, less secure pathways, for hackers to work their way into the DOD and other connected government mainframes?

    In addition, and I really don't know the feasibility of the idea, but shouldn't government agencies which handle sensitive and classified information and communications, be using a dedicated internet, which only those stations directly connected to it, can use? It would be an internet incapable of accessing or being accessed by the World Wide Web. Also, what about including the use of a unique operating system?

    Just some thoughts.

    June 2, 2009 at 12:17 pm |


    June 2, 2009 at 12:46 pm |
  9. Chet Banas

    What is the status of the GM retirement fund for salaried retirees? Will we still receive our pension checks??. GM has not notified us of any changes in the retirement plan, (If it still exists).

    June 2, 2009 at 1:07 pm |
  10. Tom Harper

    Im not sure that propagandizing these media sources, with U.S. taxpayer dollars, is such a good idea. What the military needs to be doing is working on winning strategies in Afghanistan or at least being up front with the President that it in unwinnable. I'm not convinced it's unwinnable but it might be. As far as the U.S. empire, that is already gone. It was only an economic empire anyway, and the GNP is falling like a rock. People in this country will be begging for bread before long.

    June 2, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  11. David

    I think it's good that the military is communicating directly with people. That can only help.

    June 2, 2009 at 3:46 pm |
  12. Alexander Mackenzie

    I may disagree with the GOP on many issues, economic and some moral stances, but I have yet to see them emulating the Taliban. As of yet, none have strapped on explosives to kill anyone in a shopping mall or restaurant who just happens to be shopping or eating. Girls are not prevented from educations, woman are not shot for acting as if they were people with rights. We started to get those that sent the murderers to NY, sadly, swerved into a tragic mistake of costs (human and monies) and unintended results of increasing Iranian influence in Iraq, but, the enemies of El Quida and the protectors the Taliban are now the focus, as they should have been all along. A NH Independent

    June 2, 2009 at 3:59 pm |
  13. Fatima Ahmed

    As grass roots women wrights organization,( Zenab for women in development -Sudan), we really wecome President Obama speach about women wrights ,especially the wright of education , hope to see reall actions from him to support his Intiatives of working with goverments and with grass roots community organizations in this important issue. the organization Zenab for women in deveopment is after the name of Pioneer woman educator who started girls education in Eastern part of Sudan back in 1947.

    June 4, 2009 at 9:27 am |
  14. Cynthia S. Jones

    Politics/Religion and an accountability regarding violent extremism by all Muslin Nations . These are key facts President Barack Obama touched upon by his speech. The world will see President Obama indeed intends to practice what he speaks. Peace,diplomacy, and honest intentions. I believe Barack is going to bring about a peaceful evolution of spiritual acceptance and co-exsistance.This war is/was brought about by the corrupt works of the Bush administration. Please do ask about all my works.

    June 4, 2009 at 9:29 am |
  15. Simon Peter Ochaya

    Hi Tony.
    USA has never been as clear as it has been in this period of time, i believe this is the time the extremists have got to send forth their representatives to convey their interests.
    USA is ready to resolve and listen to their problems in the best way possible, and this opportunity will not be there forever.

    I thank MR. President and his team for the endeavors in promoting world peace.

    Simon (Fresno city College)

    June 4, 2009 at 12:04 pm |