DoD Knowledge Base: FAQs

Defense Department Blocks Internet Sites
Published: 05/15/2007 | Updated:  07/29/2014
Why does the Department of Defense block access to popular Internet sites?

Because of security and bandwidth issues, the Defense Department blocks access to many popular Internet sites from department-owned computers. 

Sites are selected on the basis of usage trends. This action is not an unfavorable characterization of these sites nor a restriction on their content.  We recognize that being able to communicate with friends and family back home is of great importance to the morale of our service members.  We have ensured that other means are available such as access via email, telephones, and other means are not affected by this policy.  Access from privately-owned computers is not affected.