Saturday, November 22, 2014

We have come a long way... Baby!!!

Nah, I'm not talking about women's right to smoke -- I'm talking about the state of the art of war!

Most of my teen and twenties years were spent living in the times of the Cold War between us (USA) and them (USSR with the constant fear of a nuclear war to end all wars. The greatest defense for both sides was a greater offense capability.   

It was labeled Mutually Assured Mass Destruction.  You vaporize us - we vaporize you, nobody wins. 

That distinct horror seems to be well behind us, however now we are being told of a 21st Century mode of war: Cyber attacks on our electronic infrastructure!

Yep, apparently China and other (usual suspects) nations work and test their abilities to shut down our electricity and power grids on a daily basis. Four star Admiral Rogers, the Director of the National Security Agency and commander of the US Cyber Command briefed congressional committees this week.

From what I gather, because the USA's power grid is so expansive - completely protecting it deemed impossible. It boggles my mind to think what would happen in this normally civilized country if we lost our electricity, water supplies, and all things related. Picture the Watts riots in every city, town and village in the nation.

Law & order would be drawn thin and severed. Anarchy would replace democracy as every father, mother, and their cousins fended for life itself. 

There appears to be only one defense to such an attack.  The ability to counterattack and shut down the enemy's electronic infrastructure.  

Yep, to protect our nation, we have to maintain the capability of destroying the nation that would attack us.  Sound familiar??  

Sounds like Mutually Assured Mass Destruction by any other name. 

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