Dec 26 2014

Part 7: we can’t take ‘cyber-war’ or ‘cyber-terrorism’ seriously until…

All real militaries suffer these wasting diseases
[Continued from part 6] No Gravatar

In the first two parts of this series I insisted we can’t take “cyber-war” or “cyber-terrorism” seriously until certain people agree to take on pivotal roles. It’s time to add more military roles to that list.

We can’t take cyber-war or cyber-terrorism seriously until someone takes on the role of Eddie Slovik. This controversial serviceman (or woman) will be put to death for the capital crime of deserting the military in time of cyber war. This cyber desertion needs to be taken seriously, too — no crackpots allowed. And just for the record: Capt. Robby Williams is not this man!

“War is hell,” folks, and these things are the cancers that metastasize on every true battlefield.

We can’t take cyber-war or cyber-terrorism seriously until someone takes on the role of John T. Neufeld. This serviceman (or woman) will be conscripted against his will to fight for his sovereign in a cyber war, and will ironically go on to earn highest military honors despite being a conscientious objector. His objector status and his medals need to be taken seriously, too — no crackpots allowed.

We can’t take cyber-war or cyber-terrorism seriously until we get a steady stream of heart-wrenching camaraderie photos from the front lines of the cyber battlefield. “War is hell,” as they say, but cyber-war is lucrative. Those who served in battle squads in Vietnam & Iraq & Afghanistan faced difficulties when they transitioned to civilian life. Military skills don’t always find a place in the corporate world, and some soldiers still fight the demons that haunt them. Contrast this to members of “cyber squads” who enjoy unlimited options for success when they move on. Some launch their own firms; others retire to the cushy life as a government civil servant; the rest turn to a long list of corporate recruiters. A “heart-wrenching” camaraderie photo from a cyber war must be taken seriously — no snark allowed.

A camaraderie photo from the 609th Information Warfare Squadron reveals people who went on to become Cisco’s Director of Engineering, Akamai’s CSO, a leader at USAF’s cyber operations school, the commander who built the Joint Task Force for Computer & Network Defense, Symantec experts, a senior SANS instructor, an internationally lauded computer security critic… That’s not “heart-wrenching.”

We can’t take cyber-war or cyber-terrorism seriously until someone takes on the role of Lance Cpl. Harry Lew. This person will take his (or her) own life, right on the cyber battlefield, to escape persecution within his own unit. A cyber suicide must be taken seriously, too — no crackpot deaths allowed. And just for the record: Jamie Magers is not this man!


Mankind has always known land & sea warfare. We only recently came to know air & space warfare — it took WWII for us to see the skies as a battlefield.

We can’t take cyber-war or cyber-terrorism seriously until deserters receive death sentences at court martial … until conscientious objectors earn boolean gratitudes … and until cyber soldiers kill themselves to escape persecution within the ranks.

“War is hell,” folks, and these things are the cancers that metastasize on every true battlefield.

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