What made me quote the above was the news this morning that "Chinese hackers" have "compromised" the designs for "the most sensitive advanced weapons systems". The report bearing the bad news was prepared for the Pentagon by the Defense Science Board, a senior advisory group made up of government and civilian experts. (It must be pointed out that the report does not point the finger at the "Chinese", directly.)
These compromised systems include U.S. missile defenses, combat aircraft, and ships. The fear is that this breach could accelerate development of China's own weapons systems, thereby slimming any advantage the United States of America may enjoy should there be a future military conflict between them. Admittedly, there's something twisted about the idea of a war between those two considering that one has a 'major financial interest' in the other. Oh well. Such is the world we live in.
The Washington Post...
"Confidential report lists U.S. weapons system designs compromised by Chinese cyberspies"
"A list of the U.S. weapons designs and technologies compromised by hackers"
|The already compromised F-35 "Fleabag" has been compromised.|
Some of the compromised items (listed in the above link) include...
- Patriot Advanced Capability-3
- Harpoon Weapon Control System
- Navy antenna mechanisms
- Global Freight Management System
- Micro Air Vehicle
- Brigade Combat Team Modernization
- Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System
- Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T)
- Littoral Combat Ship
- Navy Standard Missile (SM-2,3,6)
- P-8A/Multi-Mission Aircraft
- F/A and EA-18
- UH-60 Black Hawk
- AMRAAM (AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile)
So, I'm guessing what this means, folks, is don't waste money on gym memberships.