U.S. military declaring war on Qaddafi via e-mail.


 by David A. Fulghum at 3/25/2011
 
Libyan communications and radar are being jammed, networks are being exploited and some senior commanders are getting personal messages. These electronic, cyber and information attacks are part of the assault on Tripoli’s forces.

“With this type of operations, a key component of it is information,” says Adm. Samuel Locklear, commander U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa. “We are executing … operations to ensure that that type of information [to ground troops and commanders] is being made available to Gaddafi forces, and that’s all I’ll say about that.” During the invasion of Iraq in 2003, senior commanders addressed by name and unit were getting personal e-mails, with instruction on how to show coalition forces that they didn’t want to fight.

Key units for electronic infiltration would be the 32nd and 9th Special Brigades under Gaddafi’s personal command. The U.S. also has the capability to fire data beams into antennas associated with particularly interesting networks. The embedded algorithms can pull information out of the network and to take over as system manager. Aircraft involved in such missions include the EC-130 Compass Call and Commando Solo, RC-135 Rivet Joint, EA-18G Growler and EP-3 Aries II.

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