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The US Military Is Quietly Building SkyNet

Tyler Durden
September 29th, 2017
Zero Hedge
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This report was originally published by Tyler Durden at ZeroHedge.com

skynet

Maybe Elon Musk had a point…

The US’s military leaders have agreed on a strategy to guarantee the US military retains its global dominance during the twenty-first century: Connect everything with everything, as DefenseOne describes it. The result? An unimaginably large cephapoloidal nervous system armed with the world’s most advanced weaponry, and in control of all military equipment belonging to the world’s most powerful army.

Sound familiar? It should…

A networked military – an extreme take on the “internet of things” – would connect everything from F-35 jets to the Navy’s destroyers to the armor of the tanks crawling over the land to the devices carried by soldiers – every weapon would be connected.  Every weapon, vehicle, and device connected, sharing data, constantly aware of the presence and state of every other node in a truly global network.

Of course, the development of these “smart” weapons should unnerve Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who has repeatedly warned that AI and machine learning poses a greater threat to the future of the US than North Korea. If not properly regulated, Elon suggested that machines could turn against their human masters.

“Until people see robots going down the street killing people, they don’t know how to react because it seems so ethereal,” he said.

“AI is a rare case where I think we need to be proactive in regulation instead of reactive. Because I think by the time we are reactive in AI regulation, it’s too late.”

The Joint Chiefs of Staff described their vision for a completely networked military in the newest iteration of their National Military Strategy, which lays out their plans for building the military’s weapon of the future. Ironically, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein said he had based the plan on a certain money-losing electric-car manufacturer. Goldfein was particularly impressed by Tesla’s ability to remotely extend the battery life of vehicles as their owners fled Hurricane Irma earlier this month.

In recent months, the Joint Chiefs of Staff put together the newest version of their National Military Strategy. Unlike previous ones, it is classified. But executing a strategy requiring buy-in and collaboration across the services. In recent months, at least two of the service chiefs talked openly about the strikingly similar direction that they are taking their forces. Standing before a sea of dark- blue uniforms at a September Air Force Association event in Maryland, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein said he had “refined” his plans for the Air Force after discussions with the Joint Chiefs “as part of the creation of the classified military strategy.”

The future for the Air Force? The service needed to be more like a certain electric-car manufacturer.

“Every Tesla car is connected to every other Tesla car,” said Goldfein, referring to a presentation by Elon Musk about the ways his firm’s vehicles learn from their collective experience. “If a Tesla is headed down the road and hits a pothole, every Tesla that’s behind it that’s self-driving, it will avoid the pothole, immediately. If you’re driving the car, it automatically adjusts your shocks in case you hit it, too.”

Goldfein waxed enthusiastically about how Tesla was able to remotely increase the battery capacity of cars in the U.S. Southeast to facilitate evacuation before the recent hurricanes.

“What would the world look like if we connected what we have in that way? If we looked at the world through a lens of a network as opposed to individual platforms, electronic jamming shared immediately, avoided automatically? Every three minutes, a mobility aircraft takes off somewhere on the planet. Platforms are nodes in a network,” the Air Force chief said.

As DefenseOne explains, the idea of a networked military borrows from the “network centric warfare” concept that first emerged more than a decade ago. However, the concept that military leaders proposed in their latest review is less a strategy for increasing efficiency than a plan to connect all military equipment on a single network. The result would be better coordinated, faster, and more lethal operations in air, land, sea, space, and cyberspace.

The Air Force has begun making broad investments in data sharing. And its experiments with next-generation light tactical attack aircraft are as much about hardware as networks, he said. “Not only what can I buy and what can they do, but more importantly, can they connect? Can they actually share? And can we tie it to a new network that’s based on sharable information that gets me beyond the challenges I have right now in terms of security?” Goldfein said.

The Air Force Science Board is studying how to control a network of military equipment including light attack aircraft, tanks and even unmanned drones. James Chow, the board’s new head, told DefenseOne the study would also consider how to connect to other services.

As DefenseOne explains, although most of the research into the networked military is being conducted by the Air Force, once implemented, any system would likely include weapons from across the military, like Navy destroyers, said Chow.

“Our scope would be in helping the Air Force to think about operations they would be conducting that would incorporate joint sensors and platforms, like destroyers, I think that has to be part of it. And that is within the charter of the study,” Chow  said, adding that the study has “the highest priority level for Air Force leadership.”

The Marines are also looking at tanks that are digitally connected through their armor, according to Lt. Gen. Robert Walsh, who leads Marine Corps Combat Development Command and serves as Deputy Commandant for Combat Development and Integration. Navy leaders have also authorized research into connecting every object on the sea, land, air, space and in cyberspace. This is no exaggeration. Adm. John Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations, said during a Navy expo earlier this year that he’d eventually like to “network everything,” explaining that creating such a system would be crucial to maintaining US military dominance.

In an amusing aside, DefenseOne notes that, despite the obvious parallels, military leaders detest comparisons between their tech pet projects and anything from the plot of the Terminator franchise.

And while enabling instantaneous communication between military units would undoubtedly improve efficiency and tactical prowess, as Musk as pointed out, these projects should be undertaken cautiously.

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Date: September 29th, 2017
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  1. KY Mom says:

    In other news about controlling people…

    I don’t understand WHY anyone would even want to do this.

    A Former Google Engineer Is Creating an AI Robot ‘God’ to Rule over Humans

    “According to the state filings, Levandowski established a non-profit religious corporation in September 2015 called Way of the Future. Its stated purpose is to “develop and promote the realization of a Godhead based on Artificial Intelligence.”

    The documents list Levandowski as the CEO and president of Way of the Future and state that the religion’s mission is “[t]o develop and promote the realization of a Godhead based on artificial intelligence and through understanding and worship of the Godhead contribute to the betterment of society.”

    http://theantimedia.org/artificial-intelligence-god/

    • TEST says:

      KYM,

      Sadly I do, in fact understand. As Chesterton wrote, “When men cease to believe in God, they don’t believe in nothing, but anything.” Quod erat demonstrandum. And OF COURSE it he founded a “religious Organization.” In fact, course have ruled that atheism is, in fact, a religion. Recall, religion is anything that tells us where we came from (for them, the slime and chance), why we are here (to pass on our genes, nothing more) and where we are going (oblivion).

      And I had a sad laugh about his “Way of the Future.” Every two bit evil that man has created always calls itself “the way of the future” (e.g., the Nazis).

      What this non-Einstein is too unintelligent, or perhaps too evil, to know is that absolute power corrupts absolutely (Lord Acton) and that he still has NOT ANSWERED this 2,000 year old question:

      ****************Quis custodiet ipsos custodes???? Cf Roman poet Juvenal, Satires (Satire VI, lines 347–348)******** Levandowski answers that, let’s talk. Until then, he needs to be stopped. This “betterment” of society is the same schtict the Communists used. Worse – and this is extremely important – if there is no God, there is nothing WHATSOVER to tell us what ethics itself is, where morality comes from – including how we can even ATTEMPT to judge what is right or wrong – and more.

      This person needs to take philosophy 101.

      As Dostoyevski noted years ago, “If there is no God, **everything** is permissible.” Philosopher Francis Schaeffer (who CSS or Old Guy ought read sometime) similarly noted in the godless world of Levandowski, it necessarily is the case that “whatever is, is right.” Think about the implications of that for a moment. Or for our atheist friends here, show some intellectual honesty and crack the books of, say, Schaeffer, such as The God Who is There, or He Is There, and He Is Not Silent.

      • TEST says:

        I wish I could type. Seriously. Above should read “courts have ruled”; a few lines further down “When Levandowski answers that, then let’s talk”

        I take mini ADHD breaks to post during the work day and post here, so I don’t really proof read. And even when I do, I am REALLY bad at proof reading.

    • KY, “A Former Google Engineer Is Creating an AI Robot ‘God’ to Rule over Humans”

      We already have that, it is called smart phones and many of the biggest names in what we call tech and the internet, like Google, FB and many others ! All part of the matrix that has been created and always being expanded along with PRAVDA/MSM and the rest of the deep state apparatus. Here is an excellent explanation of how it all came to be here in USA today, an incredible read !

      http://www.downtoearththinking.com/our-government-created-google-and-facebook-.html

  2. Sgt. Dale says:

    SKY NET. Fictional movie. So let us not start the FEAAR PORN!!
    Sgt.

    • Menzoberranzan says:

      Sgt, when and if antifa makes good on their threats to overthrow the government, do you believe law enforcement will protect these traitors or stand down and let us stop them?

      • Sgt. Dale says:

        “M”

        I can’t speak for all. I believe that over 90% will fight on your side. To tell the truth if low ranking officer had their way we would be busting these Commie bastards heads.

        For me I will shoot to kill any of these ANTIFA bastards that over throw, or try to over throw the Government. I won’t start the war but, DAMN SURE WILL FIGHT TO KEEP THESE COIMMIE BASTARDS FROM TAKING OVER. Not brag, but fact!!!

        If you come to my house you will see three flags flying.
        Old Glory, Stars and Bars, and Police Lives Matter.
        When I go outside every morning and before I go to bed at night I stand and Salute them. You see I know what they stand for.

        M
        You started something that bothers me a lot. Like I said I WILL FIGHT!!!!!

        Sgt.

        • Menzoberranzan says:

          I’m glad to hear that, Sgt. We cannot let these people destroy our country. I wore a US Navy uniform and love my country also. I just don’t want the lines blurred more than they already are. With God’s grace we’ll come out on top.

    • Paranoid says:

      And one solar flare or hacker and the whole thing goes into a heap.. GREAT IDEA

      • Paranoid, excellent point. Just what would it take to have any government cause a serious cyber attack that would disable USA ? It could be a way to take out power or economic trade or a combination of both. And how would anybody know if it was our own government that did it ? And could this be a way to try and bring down D Trump ? Listen to him and his kids and tell me if they are very naive and vulnerable ? They have all lived in la la land far too long and have no idea how to react.

        Is our country deliberately divided for maximum affect right now even without a full on EMP ? and how many inside jobs have we seen in the last year or so from the gov agencies working against us ?

        Fuel for thought and exactly why I stay good to go 24/7/365.Many are focused and upset about all the wrong shit ! Gotta be like water.

    • NunyaBidness says:

      “SKY NET. Fictional movie. ”

      Assembling something highly analogous to Skynet. Not fictional. But at least you were able to make yourself sound stupid in a single comment.

    • TEST says:

      “Joint Chiefs of Staff put together the newest version of their National Military Strategy. Unlike previous ones, it is classified.”

      Gee, and I thought our military was controlled by civilians. Remember, the Founders didn’t want a standing army! Almost 200 years later, Eisenhower was warning of the Military Industrial complex.

      I want national security. I do NOT want a country that has become no more than a military police state, or some type of new Prussia or Rome.

  3. Menzoberranzan says:

    Won’t it be a bad day for many when the antichrist takes control of all this shit?

    • grandee says:

      only the unsaved–there will be no place to hide

      Luke 23:30 Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us.

      Rev. 6:15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
      16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
      17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

      Prep Your Souls

    • TEST says:

      Boy you got that right, Menzo. Additionally, it is it isn’t the antichrist just yet, even a Stalin or Hitler – or Hilary – would be scary enough. On the plus side, there will be the Snowdens, the Binneys, etc that will never buy into this stuff. I know many conservatives and Christians in the military, and they WILL not buy into this either. Think the East German army not coming out of their barracks during the Leipzig protests.

      Don’t know how this will all play out, but your point is well made.

  4. Ron Ahrens says:

    And the Creator is preparing Judgement for ALL the Luciferian treasonous criminal cowards in the United States Corporation Military, and ALL who support it, so any COWARDS still in the disgusting vile evil treasonous criminal murderous genocidal psychopath controlled United States Corporation Luciferian Military and any still cowardly and insane enough to support the Luciferian controlled US Military-you better get out NOW and beg for forgiveness for your role in their demonic evil Luciferian One World Government Plans and all the death and destruction the United States Corporation Military has caused, or face eternity in hell it is that simple……your choice treasonous criminal Luciferian COWARDS still in the United States Corporation Military and supporting it-the blood of millions and millions of innocent victims is on your hands and I would not want to be you treasonous Luciferian supporting and worshipping COWARDS on Judgement Day.

  5. Old Sailor says:

    And all it takes is one 15 year old hacker to take control of the entire U.S. military. The _____________(Russians, Chinese, DPRK, et al) will have fun with that. How many special prosecutors will be needed to investigate that hacking when it occurs?

  6. Kay123 says:

    SO….. if the enemy hijacks one of our weapons they have all our tactical info? Or are we supposedly no longer in the picture?
    I’m not losing sleep over this…I’ve got better things to do. I have an expiration date, so reading fake news or science fiction isn’t on my “bucket list”.

  7. Have been following the advancements in AI, neuromorphic processors, and quantum computing and I am more than just a little alarmed at the enthusiastic pursuit of some of these technologies. We have proven that we are a society of technicians, meaning we often fail to pause and consider if we should pursue an innovation, but instead focus on whether we can accomplish said innovation. We presume, arrogantly, that we could maintain control of such a creation, the analogy Musk uses “summoning a demon” is a good one in my mind, it begs the question: “can we really control it once it’s here?” If there are doubts as to the answer then we should think twice before we essentially build Skynet. If we didn’t have a history of taking good tools that better humanity and turning them into weapons there might be less to be concerned about. To me this seems like we might be getting into another arms race, better to build it first before someone else does… and even if we can effectively control this technology can we truly keep it secure from our adversaries?
    Caution might be an understatement.

  8. TheGuy says:

    DO IT DO IT DO IT DO IT

    Hey look we’re just about to shit the bed here on a global scale anyway…

    I’m trying to decide if I want what remains to be the ultra stinking rich (because they’re the same species)… or AI.

    … it’s neck and neck with me at the moment…

  9. TheGuy says:

    Look at it this way, for once Communism would actually function.

    9__9

  10. Sgt. Dale says:

    MAC
    What can you find out about Nov. 4th.
    It would be good to read some of the commits.

    THANKS
    Sgt.

    • Anonymous says:

      For a cop you ain’t that bright, are you?

      ht tps://refusefascism.org/2017/08/06/this-nightmare-must-end-the-trumppence-regime-must-go/

      Research should be a prime requisite for law reinforcement officers…it’s quite easy, really!

      • Sgt. Dale says:

        A
        I know what their plan is. I want to see how other feel about it and what they may plan to do.

        Look at what I wrote. “It would be good to read some of the commits”

        Now look at who is calling someone that is not too bright.

        Sgt.

  11. Kevin2 says:

    This is highly effective against organized conventional armies and ineffective against civilians of unknown political loyalties who may or may not become guerrillas. Its not the NVA but rather the VC, IRA type that negate billions in military technology.

  12. RVN GRUNT says:

    Every system has, within itself, the seeds of its own destruction.

  13. Frank Thoughts says:

    We must use whatever science and technology we can to keep the hegemon supreme. When I walk the streets of some cities, and see the human excrement that has flourished in the past 20 years (Mooooslimes, over-breeding ‘grows, smarmy migrants), then we need to get the total control system in place to sift and track this trash.

    The sci-fi dystopia is not coming; it is here. Go to Europe: there cities are already filled with trash from the third world, many so dumb they can only run filthy restaurants selling dirty food.

    Face it, the Pentagon is our only salvation in this world and the only power able to keep the trash behind the wire and away from the better human beings.

  14. Archivist says:

    On an episode of NCIS a while back, Abbie and McGee lost control of a computer that was erasing stuff, and they tried everything on the keyboard to stop it, but couldn’t.

    Gibbs just reached behind the computer and pulled the plug. That stopped it dead.

    Any AI has to get power from somewhere. Just pull the plug.

    Or blind it.

  15. Kay123 says:

    Frank:
    Please don’t use those words ” keep them behind the wire and away from better people.” I know what you mean but the little snow flake communists in the in-doctrinational colleges will jump big time on our “wording”. Maybe say….”keep them behind the wire, where they keep uneducated animals”. There fixed it. Isn’t that better? Non racist, and more factual….😇…lol.

  16. GrandpaSpeaks says:

    Technology mainly serves the dark side of mankind now. Nothing comes about anymore unless it can control or kill.

  17. TheGuy says:

    Yeah like that hasn’t been going on since the invention of agriculture…

  18. aljamo says:

    These continuing developments are a threat to the American people, I don’t know how it can be seen any other way. Precision drone strikes taking out anyone who stands in dissent in any manner to NWO dictates. This would be the obvious progression of the current overall direction of total control. Meanwhile the people seem powerless to gain any momentum at changing anything. It’s pathetic really. Time is running out and it is likely already too late.

  19. Plan twice, prep once says:

    Anyone who drives just outside the Washington beltway in Virginia or Maryland will see large numbers of windowless buildings with huge oversized air conditioners on the roofs, heavy power lines feeding them, big emergency power generators, and security fences around them.

    There are already lots, and more under construction every time I’m in the area. These are vast data centers and they are everywhere. They can be plainly seen on satellite map view. It’s all government or deep state contractor data centers.

  20. Anonymous says:

    “Trump is mentally deranged, a rogue and a gangster” Kim Jong Un’s words… and he is going to strike the U.S. partly due to Trumps taunting him. Agitating this psychopath certainly hasn’t helped. People are leaving Cali in record numbers and one reason is because they fear NK is going to strike back after all of Trump’s juvenile name calling and inane tweets.

    Trump wants to be a War President and he always gets his way and always gets what he wants, even when it’s at the expense of many innocent people, which it usually is. He doesn’t care. Been witnessing that bs for 30 yrs now.

  21. No one at the pentagon has seen battlestar galactica then??

  22. Yahooie says:

    It’s going to take a while. Recall how many “super” planes, tanks, etc. planned to come out in say 5 years finally arrive on the scene in triple and quadruple the estimated time?

    Right now they have so many different systems that don’t ‘speak’ to each other that this military internet of things is not going to come about too quickly. Even software is at least 2-3 years behind what’s available commercially.

    Remember too that computer networks (the highway for the internet of things) is far different than computing power (where AI would reside). Please don’t mix them.

  23. Anonymous says:

    That means we won’t have any casualties in the next conflict. Total coordination.
    RRRRRIIIIIIIIIIIIGGGGGHHHHHTTTTT.

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