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[:The Telegraph ] DARPA says iPads, Android phones and other gadgets a threat to US military

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THERE'S a growing threat to the U.S. military, according to the Pentagon's research wing DARPA, and it's not from nuclear or biological weapons.

According to the Pentagon’s research wing, the iPads, Android phones and other gadgets that most westerners carry around with them every day are keeping the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency [DARPA] leadership up at night.

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http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/darpa-says-ipads-android-phones-and-other-gadgets-a-threat-to-us-military/story-fn6b3v4f-1226289795776
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So DARPA's ticked off that my smartphone can now do what only THEY were able to do as of 15 years ago..... :rollseyes:

I think they just need to innovate more. If they were able to wage "unparalleled" electronic warfare 15 years ago, why not now?

Bottom line: The government will NEVER out-innovate the private sector.
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To military or to weapon makers? If tinkering with electronics makes most of them useless... who would rely on weapon easy to counter...?
Guess darpa needs to scare people so it can get more money.
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People are the threat. Grow up DARPA.
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Any object that can be used as a weapon is only as dangerous as the person that's in control of it allows it to be...
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TL;DR, military can no longer be sloppy with their implementation and use of technology in weapons. Isn't this why billions of dollars a year are spent on technology advancement for military applications?
    
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While I can see thier point to an extent, that being since so many people have an electronic device of somesort that it could pose a problem seeing that no system is fully secure, whether it be iOS, Android or what have you...the article still screams of DARPA fear-mongering.
    
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Doh, I hit quote instead of edit. doh.gif
Edited by thegreatsquare - 3/5/12 at 6:25am
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American Military still surprises me.
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Originally Posted by Mr Frosty View Post

Any object that can be used as a weapon is only as dangerous as the person that's in control of it allows it to be...
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Originally Posted by Smo View Post

People are the threat. Grow up DARPA.
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Originally Posted by Munkypoo7 View Post

While I can see thier point to an extent, that being since so many people have an electronic device of somesort that it could pose a problem seeing that no system is fully secure, whether it be iOS, Android or what have you...the article still screams of DARPA fear-mongering.

"According to Gabriel, nearly a dozen countries are producing electronic warfare systems using mostly commercial off-the-shelf technology."

It is the added abilities and resources of nation-states that is the big issue. The problem is that where commercial versions of military tech exists, it is easily enough to remilitarize the tech.

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So DARPA's ticked off that my smartphone can now do what only THEY were able to do as of 15 years ago..... :rollseyes:
I think they just need to innovate more. If they were able to wage "unparalleled" electronic warfare 15 years ago, why not now?
Bottom line: The government will NEVER out-innovate the private sector.

Because the basis of military tactics and strategy resides in the available tech. From bows to metallurgy to chariots to firearms to smart bombs and drones and software, what tech is available to be utilized is where the war plan begins. The tech imbalance is what was "unparalleled" 15 years ago, but now the commercial availability of lesser versions of the tech the military uses is still the basis of the technology as a whole has removed that imbalance.

Then you get to how Iran landed an American drone. If Iran can do that, why can't they make missiles and smart bombs miss their heavily fortified targets well enough for them to withstand the attack? Imagine if the US had do go back to dumb bombs to attack targets in areas with a high population density to satisfactorily destroy a "high value target".


I don't see this as setting up a reactionary move to ban iPads or something. With so little made in the US anymore, there is no way in hell the US can prevent commercial availability of the basic hardware world-wide anymore. This is all just an assessment of facts.
Edited by thegreatsquare - 3/5/12 at 6:20am
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