Saturday, April 8, 2017
WHERE IN THE HELL IS MY FLOPPY DISK?
A blog by blogfodder started me thinking about the real problem with Russia being able to hack our latest Presidential election.
We spend more on our military than the next half-dozen most powerful militaries combined, and now Trump wants to increase military spending dramatically.
It is not a matter of how much we spend, but how we spend our defense money that should be of concern. Congressional and Senate persons finance their reelections by whoring for companies wishing to sell big money items to the government. Thus we often spend way too much money on military products that are obsolete before they are even delivered, or products that have massive cost overruns and don’t work as advertised.
The new F-35 fighter jet, at a billion dollars per aircraft, is an example of an imperfect money hole.
How does this tie in with election hacking?
Our computer infrastructure throughout the government is sorely inadequate. The computer industry doesn’t have the same lobbying clout as Lockheed Aircraft Company – so we will dump an easy trillion into Lockheed while leaving ourselves with third world computer technology throughout the government.
Our general government and military computer systems are out of date, and the computer systems of the VA are embarrassingly antiquated. The military and the VA systems cannot even transfer and share data, which is one of the major causes of the VA’s inability to promptly service new veterans. Even more concerning is our nuclear delivery systems with computer technology so old that launch codes have to be entered with floppy disk.
The Obamacare roll-out is a prime example. We have some of the most advanced computer hardware and software manufacturers in the world located in the United States, and yet we bumble along and get along with outdated and outmoded technology running our government.
The only thing that saved us from Russia being able to totally manipulate or even crash our election last year is that our election computers – where they exist – are not standardized; they are out of date and not mutually connected to a secure internet system.
Much of the next war will be fought by crashing critical vulnerable computer systems. Our computers are hackable, our cars are hackable, the F-35 is hackable, our power grid is hackable… But we continue to contract for billion-dollar aircraft while ignoring our real vulnerability.
We have for too long been focused on our ability to attack and respond, and not on our vulnerabilities; and we have for too long allowed congressional pork to dictate our military spending.
There is only one fix for this misappropriation of government money, and government priorities that are for sale. It is called TERM LIMITS.