AFP’s getting on the cybercrime act with C4ISTAR

AFP’s getting on the cybercrime act with C4ISTAR

The Temporary Restraining Order on the RA10175 hasn’t even been lifted yet, but the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Department of National Defense (DND) is already planning to establish a command center which would aid the agency in battling cyber threats.

The proposed military ops is called C4ISTAR which stands for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (quite a mouthful isn’t it?). This project is aimed at improving the military’s capabilities to monitor, locate and combat (pun intended) cyber-attacks in order to “protect highly-secured data” according to Col. Wilson Galedo.

What the people behind this proposition are trying to pull off isn’t exactly a walk in the park, especially if the agency doesn’t have the proper tools for the job. That’s why military spokesperson Colonel Arnulfo Burgos Jr. pointed out that C4ISTAR will require a major overhaul in the organization’s current equipment to bring them at least at par with the bad guys they’re tracking down. This comprehensive upgrade, Col. Burgos added, will be in accordance to the on-going AFP modernization program.



AFP and DND has a pretty daunting task ahead of them in establishing and maintaining C4ISTAR. Not that we’re underestimating their capabilities or anything, but merely setting this project up will require tremendous amount of effort from both agencies let alone keeping it in tip-top shape.

Of course, there’s also the issue of the C4ISTAR’s scope and how the AFP and DND plan to use it in the future. Unfortunately, these topics were not mentioned during the discussion, but we’re assuming that C4ISTAR will serve as a tool for carrying out some of the provisions of the RA10175. So what do you guys think? Will C4ISTAR be a good thing or a bad thing?


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This article was written by Ronnie Bulaong, a special features contributor and correspondent for YugaTech. Follow him on Twitter @turonbulaong.

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11 Responses

  1. ceejei says:

    they aren’t ready for a real fight… sa cyber pa kaya?… it’s just a waste of time and tax payer’s money…

  2. dodong says:

    how they would even pull this out is beyond me? budget — fail. infrastructure — fail. personnel — fail. issue din kung civilian ba ito o military. hindi naman sa minamasama ang intensyon pero bago naman sila magisip uli ng pagkakagastusan na tiyak namang papalpak, eh paghusayin nalang muna sana nila ang kung ano ang meron tayo. hindi yung puro kayabangan.

  3. chopotka says:

    Really? AFP’s Public Affairs Office does not even have its own email address. This is another scheme to make more money, corruption at its finest.

    Almost all government IT projects are failures. Congress, PNP, Comelec, DOTC, just to name a few. The IT departments of the aforementioned agencies are a bunch of idiots!

  4. ceegii63 says:

    hehe yeeeaaaaah seems legit, kanya kanyang bulsahan na ng pera ng bayan ito hehehe

  5. Juan M Bautista says:

    The last time the AFP made use of their fancy equipment, we got the ‘Hello Garci’ scandal. Wonder what they will use this for? Monitor emails and communications of anyone deemed to be ‘subversive’?
    Better off to use the money to pay the soldiers better. Mind you, the soldiers, not the generals.

  6. Jesus Guevara says:

    as usual, lame excuse to milk more money from the people. sheeesh!

  7. cynique says:

    gov’t sites nga na-hahack…just outsource it…it might cost more but there is a better chance of being effective

  8. Gie says:

    Nakow! andami na nmang makikinabang na mga generals at politicians dyan! Pustahan ipang-di-display lang nila yan sa office nila, at nde nman alam kung anu ang gagawin pag may cyber attack or kung papano gagamitin yan!

    Another excuse to pocket more money from people’s taxes.

  9. Gabriel says:

    proposal ng AFP and DND for additional equipment for C4ISTAR? or just a proposal to get budget? think..

  10. daniel says:

    wala ngang missile… programmmer pa kaya?

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