THE U.S. AIR Force continues to tout its amazing prowess in cyberspace. A brand-new headline screams “Your computer IS a weapon system.” No doubt every M-16 rifle in the Air Force comes with a Bluetooth headset.
(I encourage you to read the article for its humor value. In it, Major Gordon Cochran openly admits the Air Force cannot protect its own computers from attack, but instead must rely on a commercial antivirus firm to protect them.)
Color me unimpressed. Why? Because if “every computer IS a weapon system,” then USAF should have long ago turned its own desktop computers into a massive Distributed Accrual of Service (“DAOS”) weapon system.
Irony, anyone? A bunch of peace-loving pacifists at Berkeley University developed the world’s most powerful DAOS weapon system. Thanks to Berkeley, anyone on earth can enlist to fight a war against cancer. Berkeley is also recruiting people to join a war against the AIDS virus. If you don’t want to “fight,” then you can help study DNA sequences or solve mathematical problems.
If USAF insists “every computer IS a weapon system,” then why don’t they have a DAOS weapon system to compute the nuclear surety of their ICBMs, or to break encryption codes found on Al Qaeda laptops?
USAF has failed all these years to weaponize the BOINC concept. And this forces us to ask an embarrassing question. “Why does USAF ignore the most obvious cyberspace weapon system?”