We need to innovate and upgrade war technology with the mission first in mind; and not replicate the success of Silicon Valley. Like it or not the decisions that have the greatest impact on our future happen in the federal government. Whether that decision has an impact here or abroad, the importance of computers cannot be understated. It’s true for everyone, imagine your life without a computer? Oh, but you’re not a cyborg. It’s same in the government, except you’re using Windows 10 and they’re using something older. A lack of technological sophistication and the inability to digest emerging technologies is putting us at risk abroad.
There are less vulnerable systems, such as a UNIX or Linux design. There are some ways we could protect our data, or streamline our processes. But that doesn’t happen.
I don’t know for sure, but nation states have rules when they do business. Communist ones don’t play by ours. Windows is used in China, Russia and all over the world. They ask for the source code to do business with them. Ergo, they have the source code – is it a big deal? I don’t know. But it feels vulnerable.
We’re already at the point where the country is desensitized when China rips personal data from OPM, almost like it’s an expectation. Of course, Chinese hackers broke into our secure government servers and stole information. It’s like they’re becoming our future IT consultants. It’d be OK – if we lose data – they’ve got it.