I find it ironic that Strategic Command is cutting off it’s nose to spite its face.
Not much of a strategy.
From Stars and Stripes:
Starting Monday, the Defense Department will block access to MySpace, YouTube and a host of other sites on official department computers worldwide, in an effort to boost its network efficiency.
Troops and families living on U.S. bases will still be able to view the sites through private Internet networks, but the move leaves servicemembers in Iraq and Afghanistan who use the popular picture- and video-sharing sites with little or no access to them.
“We’re not passing any judgment on these sites, we’re just saying you shouldn’t be accessing them at work,” said Julie Ziegenhorn, spokeswoman for U.S. Strategic Command. “This is a bandwidth and network management issue. We’ve got to have the networks open to do our mission. They have to be reliable, timely and secure.”
What a dumb, dumb idea.
First, access to these web sites are good for morale.
More importantly, these sites are about connecting people. They are about social networks, sharing videos and images and stories. In an age where the civil-military divide is a growing problem, you don’t want to eliminate online outlets for social connectivity.
A better understanding of the military = more support for the military. Is Is Strategic Command saying that Internet bandwidth is more valuable than public support?
Update: AFIS is reporting that the blocked social networking sites have yet to cause problems — the decision to block the sites was a “preventative step.” From the article:
The popularity of the sites has not affected operations yet, but blocking them prevents them from causing such a problem, officials said.
“It is a proactive measure. We do not want a problem with demand for these sites clogging the networks,” a U.S. Strategic Command official said.