Fishwelding Posted October 10, 2011 Share Posted October 10, 2011 I'm more concerned with a virus that is planted into a network and just lays dormant until it is needed. Information warfare is truly the battleground of the 21st century. I saw some pics of a Russian hydroelectric plant that had a virus inserted into it's SCADA system and it was absolutely devastated. I don't get the warm and fuzzy that the US is adequately protected against a threat like this. It may be that there is no protection against this, that's realistically affordable under present circumstances. Institutions large and small might have to learn to live with the possibility that institutional secrets and closed-control systems are simply no longer tenable, outside a very few types (like the old copper-wire lines to and between Minuteman silos and bunkers). Some countries feel they can try to control political developments by stifling the internet. Particularly, Web 2.0 (the social media networks) aggravate them. They fail, of course, because small handsets drawing from uncontrollable nodes undermine their efforts. Plus, they merely end up punishing whatever productive economy they have, by trying to stomp on internet bandwidth. This is the new Capitalism. I'm increasingly becoming fascinated by all this, whether it be political rallies, Arab Springs, London riots, or impressive disaster relief in Japan. Systems of authority-governments and corporations-really seem sluggish in the face of the new networks of small actors: individuals, cells, "flash-mobs," etc., connected by mobile internet. They're always a day late/dollar short. Even the big news media networks are really has-beens-in-the-making in the face of twitter, facebook, wikis, and even old-time blogs. These clumsy giants can only fight back by hurting themselves. Meanwhile, old-style rough-country guerrillas, with man-portable weapons, hodge-podge camouflage, and military chains of command, were small potatoes. Sooner or later attack helicopters, drones, JDAMs, or rifle rounds find there mark, there. So what's the fighter squadron, infantry unit, or warship of the future look like? Some kind of semi-closed-architecture unit, independently encrypted cell that communicates in short-burst fashion with its logistical train and higher-ups? All Anime-cyberpunkish autonomous operation, after having been given the most brief, almost obvious objectives from HQ? In 20 years, everyone's a SEAL team? Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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