Some of today’s 9-year-olds code in Java during their summer vacations, making them the optimal candidates the U.S. government and military should school to be the next generation of cyberwarriors.
The big revolution of the 21st century will not be in information and cyber. It will be in biology, and it will profoundly affect both day-to-day life and national security.
In June, Gen. Keith Alexander, USA (Ret.), former director of the National Security Agency, walked into the NPS, his alma mater, joining fellow alumnus Adm. Mike Mullen, USN (Ret.), former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The AFCEA Monterey Chapter invited the leaders to recognize the academic achievements of two international students and to promote the benefits of postgraduate science and engineering education.
Despite substantial increases in capability and applications, U.S. and multinational robotics and autonomous systems have limited information interoperability, convoluting an already complex data-sharing environment. The U.S. Defense Department finds itself in a predicament created by rapid and independent fielding of systems over the past 10 to 15 years along with the use of proprietary software and payload and bandwidth restrictions.
When a disease outbreak occurs, medical response teams often need to send blood samples to labs for analysis—labs that might be a great distance from the outbreak location. Delivery drones could alter such dire circumstances, offering solutions to transport small packages.
The use of biometrics for force protection alone could be a bygone approach as the blossoming technology makes inroads toward the development of a new intelligence discipline. Biometrics intelligence ultimately could be the next INT in the menu of intelligence specialties.
The latest methods of identity verification might border on intrusive as behavioral biometrics continues to evolve. Tactics range from what some might consider simple measurements of keystroke dynamics to cutting-edge future solutions that could constantly monitor a user’s breathing or eye movements.
Technology developers and commercial service providers are racing to exploit elements of the radio frequency spectrum with advances that could be at odds with each other. Increased consumer demand for wireless services is driving providers to develop new capabilities for their systems.
While calling Tolkachev the billion-dollar spy certainly is reasonable, his success depended on the U.S. officer and the Air Force management team that supported him. Perhaps it would be appropriate to call the unnamed officer the billion-dollar procurement man.