security-issueThe threat of cyber warfare is becoming more apparent every day as the world becomes more dependent on technology. And now there are growing concerns as to whether or not the United States would be ready for such an attack.

President Obama said during a speech “It is now clear this cyber threat is one [of] the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation.”

Likewise Mike McConnell, who until February of this year, was the nation’s top spy, told CBS correspondent Steve Kroft that he did not believe the United States was prepared for a full scale cyber attack. To further push that point, the President stated “We know that cyber intruders have probed our electrical grid, and that in other countries cyber attacks have plunged entire cities into darkness.” The Obama administration is currently heading a division of the government specifically devoted to stopping cyber criminals before any real damage is done.

The concern of Americans is that another 9/11 type of situation could happen in which terrorists could potentially take advantage of the weaknesses in our defensive structures to cause severe damage to the country. However citizens should take comfort knowing that the current administration is working to actively prepare for for cyber warfare.

(Via CBS News)

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spy-satelliteIn a recent critique of the U.S. Space program, the U.S. Strategic Command Chief General Kevin Chilton announced that we should put less money into developing new state-of-the-art space systems and instead put more money into stocking up on satellites that we can launch into space as the need arises. New satellite technology focuses on GPS, missile early warning satellites, and advanced communications. Sadly, the U.S. is not on the cutting edge of this technology, but rather the tail end. The satellites we do have in space are slated to expire in the near future, and we were supposed to have new, more advanced versions ready to go. But these old satellites lasted longer then expected, allowing the government to push back the date when the new satellites were supposed to be ready and instead focus more on developing even newer technology. This caused a collective feeling that if a new effort took longer, so what, because the older satellites would last years past expectations. This is where General Kevin Chilton is saying that we should launch more old reliable satellites rather than spending millions on new technology.

an approximation of all the satellites and other debris in orbit around the Earth. Since the start of the space age the ESA estimates that 6,000 satellites have been launched, 800 of which are still operational

Released by the European Space Agency (ESA), this image depicts an approximation of all the satellites and other debris in orbit around the Earth. Since the start of the space age the ESA estimates that 6,000 satellites have been launched, 800 of which are still operational.

Chilton also wants more tools in space that will give us information on what’s already orbiting the Earth, whether it is something potential foes put up there, or if it is space debris that can damage American orbiters. Chilton wants to equip the new satellites with tons of sensors, which will not only tell us what else is in space, but will also be beneficial for missile defense missions. He wants to invest more money in intelligence analysis to see what other nations are doing so that “so we know all about these systems before they are launched.” Chilton’s analysis of where the money should be spent seems to focus more on just having satellites in orbit and finding out what else is going on out there rather than spending countless dollars on the latest cutting edge tech.

(Via AirForceTimes)

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Sept 11 AnniversaryProbably the biggest tragedy in U.S. history, everyone remembers where they were on September 11th, 2001.

I remember visiting the World Trade Center in 5th grade on a family trip from Boston. It was one of the biggest buildings I’d ever seen, and I practically had to bend backwards to see the entire building. I jumped on the elevator to the top, which took much longer than any other elevator and made everyone’s ears pop.  Once I reached the top, I remember stepping out on the deck to huge gusts of winds and the best view that Manhattan had to offer. 5 years later I would have never imagined sitting in math class and hearing that a plane had hit one of the towers. Panic, loss, and sadness. How could such powerful and grandiose buildings fall so easily?

Today, the scene is much different. In the center of Lower Manhattan’s hustling and established Financial District, lies an empty void marked by construction cranes and dirt. 8 years later, the site looks very much similar to the days after the event. The air is heavy and sad.

Today is a somber day in New York City, both in weather and tone, as the nation and world remember the tragic events that took place on that fateful day. Thousands gathered this morning at the site of the World Trade Center to hear the victims’ names read aloud and to listen to words of remembrance. Never forgotten, both New York City and the world are standing behind the victims, the FDNY, the NYPD, and the countless volunteers who contributed hours, time, and their lives on that fated day.

(Via USA Today)

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