Monday, August 03, 2015

Satellites and National Security

When our smart devices are no longer the brightest things in the room because of signal loss, that is when the revolution does not get televised.

Who knew that there's a constant struggle in space to maintain data security and access?  Many will say "I told you so" when it comes to a doomsday scenario like that of space warfare. So much of our daily lives and means of living are directly and indirectly connected to data technology provided by satellites. 

Not if, but When the day the satellites stand still arrives, the backup plan will be to pray; because without that signal our banking, healthcare, utilities, communications, travel and virtual sex are all impacted. No signal, no service; No money, no honey.

But we've heard this warning before, what's so new that we should start heeding its call?  Well, to begin with, we've never been as dependent on that satellite signal as we are today. We also now have other countries like China with the same satellite technology. And the top answer to the million dollar question of 'why now' is that space has become relevant enough to justify countries going to war over it. War Games!

"It's a competition that I wish wasn't occurring, but it is. And if we're threatened in space, we have the right of self-defense, and we'll make sure we can execute that right."

U.S. General John Hyten

And when you look at it all from a hacking or virus standpoint, its a scene straight out of "The Terminator" movie series:

The machines rose from the ashes of the nuclear fire. Their war to exterminate mankind had raged for decades, but the final battle would not be fought in the future. It would be fought here, in our present. Tonight...

If you thought oil fields were top commodities worth countries fighting over, welcome to the battlefield of tomorrow, the final frontier, today.

CBS News 60 Minutes: The Battle Above

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