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Posted: 11/2/2006 10:56:20 AM EDT
reuters link


"Ever since Top Gun proved to hostile nations that American pilots like Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer are unbeatable in the sky, the Air Force has been looking for other arenas to flex its billion-dollar muscle: first it was tasked with protecting space from enemy satellites and belligerent aliens, and a little over a year ago, its mandate grew to include cyberspace as well. Instead of just setting up a .gov domain and calling it a day, however, the branch has revealed a much more ambitious plan to guard civilian and military networks with a new command led by the 8th Air Force working out of Louisiana's Barksdale Air Force Base. Assuming that the proper funding and legislative approval is secured, the four-star general-led command could begin operations as soon as October 2008, and will attempt to thwart potentially catastrophic attacks that could destroy the economy and force bloggers like us to go out and get real jobs at print publications. When asked exactly what he thought the Air Force's role in cyberspace would be, senator and IT expert Ted Stevens said that he envisioned swarms of tiny UAVs patrolling the vulnerable "series of tubes" 24/7, destroying malicious bots and rogue packets with a hail of tiny bullets."
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 10:58:29 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 11/2/2006 11:01:51 AM EDT
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Is that a serious quote at the end?

And how, besides huge China-eque firewalls at the shores, can you protect all of the US networks?
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 11:17:40 AM EDT
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Quoted:
Is that a serious quote at the end?

And how, besides huge China-eque firewalls at the shores, can you protect all of the US networks?



well, the story is true. I got the funny quote from engadget.com
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 11:20:05 AM EDT
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Quoted:

Quoted:
Is that a serious quote at the end?

And how, besides huge China-eque firewalls at the shores, can you protect all of the US networks?



well, the story is true. I got the funny quote from engadget.com


Well, in that case.  What's the best round for malicious bots and rogue packets?
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 11:24:40 AM EDT
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Ted Stevens, the father of the bridge to no-where, did describe the internet as 'a series of tubes' during a hearing.
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 11:30:40 AM EDT
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Quoted:
Ted Stevens, the father of the bridge to no-where, did describe the internet as 'a series of tubes' during a hearing.
"It's not a truck."
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 11:32:47 AM EDT
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The new Air Force Mission

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