The Defense Department Has Heard of the Internet

For reasons I can’t quite remember, I’m a fan of Admiral Mike Mullen on Facebook. Not sure why, but I think this has something to do with it.

Anyway, today he (or whichever DoD intern he has running his FB page) posted a link to a Defense Department memorandum for the Responsible and Effective Use of Internet-base Capabilities. It essentially lays out the Department of Defense guidelines for using the internet and social networking sites, and how they’re going to crack down on abuses of the system.

This is such a fascinating document for a number of reasons. First, it’s a little surreal for the military to be using social networking. Admiral Mullen also has a Twitter feed, as does the entire Defense Department. For the rest, I have below two excerpts from the memorandum that really interested me.

Commanders at all levels and Heads of DoD Components shall continue to deny access to sites with prohibited content and to prohibit users from engaging in prohibited activity via social media sites (e.g., pornography, gambling, hate-crime related activities.

But they’ll still be allowed to play Farmville, right?

But this leads me to an important question: was this not happening before? See, I live by the principle that if a large government organization writes something down on a piece of paper, half the time it means they didn’t do it already, and the other half of the time it’s just redundant.



I know this lacks any context whatsoever, but the fact that the Department of Defense is utilizing Wikis should be enough for this little excerpt.