Through Drones, Military Can Force Internet Back On Oppressive Regimes
With the ability to restore communication, Commando Solo is also equipped to deny wireless and jam signals. Arquilla tells Wired, "Jamming is something we think about in the context of shooting wars," says Arquilla, but "it may have its place in social revolutions as well." This type of warfare via telecom is Arquilla's specialty, as his career has been spent encouraging military-led DDoS and online attacks to disrupt adversarial forces. The point, says Wired, is what the military can black out, it can also fill again.
Of course, the idea of flying a U.S.-led "free communications" plane over the skies of Cairo is highly problematic. First of all, drones with cellular pods on their under-carriage are easily shot out of the sky, and on the ground, devices need to be present to receive the signal. (But Wired points out that small, portable netbooks would do the trick, and smuggling in satellite dishes might also work.) But the biggest obstacle is the fact that "forced entry," even online, is an act of war. It certainly isn't the same as blanket-bombing or sending in troops, but it's similar to issuing sanctions or denouncing a regime. The problem, Arquilla says, is not the technical ability to restore networks, but the political backlash of government relations of when networks are forcibly resurrected.