Thursday, December 17, 2009

The sad state of US weapons technology

I saw this while I was waiting for the train today.... it was sufficiently surprising to warrant a $2.00 purchase of a newspaper... my first impulse purchase of a newspaper in more than a decade.

I can't believe how stupid the situation is.... go read this and weep....

  • The Wall Street Journal

Insurgents Hack U.S. Drones

$26 Software Is Used to Breach Key Weapons in Iraq; Iranian Backing Suspected

What this means is that our $10,000,000 drone can be subverted with a laptop for less than $1000.... a 10,000:1 advantage. It doesn't end there of course.

If the signal can be detected, it can be tracked, and jammed... possibly with something like a $50 microwave oven.

Spread spectrum technology was invented in the 1940's to allow us to securely control torpedoes... I can't believe they haven't come up with a communications channel for this stuff that can't be a bit harder to detect in the last 60 years with military budgets.



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