Pentagon Starts Work On War Internet
United Press International
November 15, 2004
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon has begun work on its own military Internet, designed for the wars of
the future, the New York Times reported Saturday.
The system's goal is to give American commanders and troops a moving picture of
all foreign enemies and threats.
Air Force Under Secretary Peter Teets told Congress the "Internet in the sky,"
would allow "marines in a Humvee, in a faraway land, in the middle of a
rainstorm, to open up their laptops, request imagery" from a spy satellite, and
"get it downloaded within seconds."
The network has been christened the Global Information Grid by the Pentagon. The
first connections for the system were installed six weeks ago, but it could take
two decades and hundreds of billions of dollars to build the network and its
components, the Times said.
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