They'll be virtual heros
and will get all the virtual girls.
(but will they be able to stop every middle eastern looking chap with a laptop in his rucksack from getting on the Tube?)
The US Air Force reports that it has assigned no fewer than 30,000 digital troops to "the front lines of cyber warfare". This is close to a third of the number of US troops deployed in Afghanistan. The Air Force Times reports that 27,000 enlisted airmen and women are now classified as cyber scufflers, having previously been …
"Today, you become proud serving members of the finest cyberwarfare division ever seen on Earth and it will be our duty to protect the mighty U.S of A from terrorist hackers. As these tend to be thin on the ground, we'll go after guys with Asperger's Syndrome instead and haul their asses to Guantanamo. Any questions?"
"What's this thing with the screen in front of me?"
"That's a computer, son."
"Gosh, sarge, you're so smart."
The military are probably not the sort of institutions in which one might expect to find many potential hackers nor do they offer an environment in which the best candidates are likely to flourish. It might be better to leave this sort of thing in the hands of more secretive organisations whose attitude to breaking the law and working with very few rules might be more ambivalent to that found in the military.
I don't get it - Army, Navy and Air Force working independently. Same for encryption/decryption - historically they had their own units.
No "new thinking" in US government? I guess these are "cheap" jobs and I do recognise the role is required - it seems the Chinese and Russians are ahead of the curve here...
And what can you tell us of UKGBNI Cyber Forces, Lewis? Or is that Special PsyOps Virtual Terrain Team Territory and Tip Top Hush Hush AIRenegade/Apache/Pirate/Private Business for those with ESPecial Abilities that Most with even a Need to Know and Top Secret Clearance will Never Ever even Know?
I have visions of them wearing "Tron" outfits in fetching cyan or orange..... Tron, I wonder where they are now......
Ram: My friends, my fellow conscripts, we have scored. I feel so much better. (RAM became a marine squad leader Iraq, also known as IRQ)
Master Control Program: You're getting brutal, Sark. Brutal and needlessly sadistic.
Sark: Thank you, Master Control. (Sark: became an interragator in Gitmo)
Master Control Program (MCP): I was planning to hit the Pentagon next week.
Ed Dillinger: [alarmed] The Pentagon?
MCP: It shouldn't be any harder than any other big company. But now... this is what I get for using humans.
Ed Dillinger: Now, wait a minute, I wrote you!
MCP: I've gotten 2,415 times smarter since then. (MCP: now working as the windoze spell checker)
Tron: My User has information that could... that could make this a free system again! No, really! You'd have programs lined up just to use this place, and no MCP looking over your shoulder. (Tron: now a leading member of Cyber Command)