The Third U.S. National Climate Assessment

The Third U.S. National Climate Assessment

The Washington Post reported yesterday that the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment (NCA3)  published a rather dire scientific report Friday detailing the growing threats of climate change. The report stands in stark contrast to the administration’s efforts to downplay humans’ role in global warming, withdraw from an international climate accord and reverse Obama-era policies aimed at curbing U.S. greenhouse-gas output.

Meanwhile, the U.S. continues to attempt to deny the existence of climate change while Chinese leadership assumes the mantle of combating it, and Russia repositions its naval and air forces, and petroleum industry, to benefit from it.  The current Secretary of Defense, Mattis, at least recognizes the instability that Climate Change can bring, but he seems decidedly alone in this Administration.

Unfortunately, consumer consumption reductions alone cannot stop or reverse Climate Change.  This is a global crisis that requires a global response - starting with our elected officials. Vote for Democrats or Common-Sense Republicans at your local, state, and federal levels.  If you have the ability:  Donate to their campaigns.

F35's arrive at Kadena

F35's arrive at Kadena

Pilots, maintainers and support personnel from the active duty 388th and Reserve 419th Fighter Wings and 12 F-35A Lightning II jets will travel to Kadena Air Base for six months as part of the U.S.’s ongoing security presence in the area, known as a theater security package.  This is the second deployment of the F-35As stationed at Hill AFB, following a short show of force in RAF Lakenheath earlier this year.

Bush, Xi, and McCain walk into an Auditorium

Bush, Xi, and McCain walk into an Auditorium

The face of conflict is changing.  While leaders like Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump still see conflict in the traditional light, many of their peers - and certainly the next generation - see conflict differently:  Cultural, Economical, and Ecological. The kinetic warfare of the 19th and 20th century is a relic of past generations, a fact never more poignant than after recent speeches by three prominent politicians across two countries.

When Bots Become Bombs

When Bots Become Bombs

Ambiguity in cyberspace and the legality of hacking and manipulating sovereign nations; does it benefit the attacker, or the victim?  We've all but survived the potential catastrophe of the 2016 election, and the Russian interference within it, but what does that mean for the future of cyber and psychological warfare throughout the world?

New Opportunities & A Book Recommendation

New Opportunities & A Book Recommendation

In late May, a former supervisor contacted me about an exciting new position he was helping to create conducting predictive cyber threat analysis, and in mid-June, I accepted a job offer to work for him. Moving from IT security implementation to IT security research & development was a huge intellectual challenge for me, and it's only been recently that I've been able to consider pursuing other intellectual hobbies, like blogging - or reading. The first novel I picked up was recommended to me by other security researchers: Ghost Fleet; it's only fitting that my return to blogging be about that novel.

While the plot of Ghost Fleet is very Tom Clancy's The Hunt for Red October-esque, it's better sourced and details a only slightly less probable prelude to war for which Tom Clancy was famous.  Ghost Fleet depicts a dramatic fight-for-survival scenario wherein an arrogant and complacent America is caught off guard by a virtual (and literal) Pearl Harbor attack by the Chinese. The U.S., now denied its ability to utilize satellites for precision guided munitions, encrypted communications, and Google Glass (called "viz" in the novel) is now in a fight for survival against a technologically superior enemy. Left to repel the invaders using guerrilla-style tactics and antiquated pre-digital technologies, America can no longer rely on its technological advantage that enabled the humble JDAM and the fearsome F-35.

My First Two Years as an Author

My First Two Years as an Author

It was roughly two years ago today that I started my blog and released my first short story, DAISY, and set my first nonfiction work, Understanding IT. I wanted to take a step back to look at the performance of my various projects, and I realized something very important:  Advertising is incredibly important, and something that I've completely neglected.

F-35 Deploys to RAF Lakenheath

F-35 Deploys to RAF Lakenheath

The F35's come from the 34th Fighter Squadron, Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Their commanderLt Col George Watkins, had this to say about the deployment to RAF Lakenheath:

"It's teamwork between us and the local population of the base here, as they're standing up their own F-35 squadrons here [...] so they can get some lesson's learned"

The deployment was planned months in advance according to the statement released by the Department of Defense, but the timing does come as international politics throughout the entire world are tense.

Syria, North Korea, and Trump - Oh My!

Syria, North Korea, and Trump - Oh My!

Two weeks ago, the U.S. launched 59 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs) against Shayrat Air Base in Homs Province in response to a recent chemical attack carried out by the Russian-Backed Assad Regime. The attack was unsuccessful by most military measures. In fact, as far as Assad is concerned, militarily nothing has changed for the worse. 

So why risk so much for a largely ineffective strike against an airbase? Why use TLAMs against hardened targets when B-2s would have made more sense? Why deploy a carrier group to the East Sea? To send a message to North Korea. 

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

Yesterday, the Internet kind of broke when Lucasfilm released the new trailer for the upcoming film, The Last Jedi. With little surprise, the internet did what it does best after that: Watched it obsessively and critiqued/gleaned every nuanced second of it.

Don't Dox the Dick

Don't Dox the Dick

Last week, I put out a call to action to contact your Congressional Representative because of a bill that had passed, with little fanfare, the Senate aimed at removing Obama-era privacy protections for consumer privacy.  While over 1,000 of you responded to this request, the measure unfortunately passed the House and the 100 pages of FCC regulations aimed at protecting user privacy is now no more.

While the Internet was outraged by a, now redacted, article posted by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), about a test program that users can opt-out of, Internet Service Providers (ISP) have not yet rapidly capitalized on the release of these regulations. In fact, the first people to capitalize on this loosening of regulations have been the people who most opposed their loosening in the first place! Self-proclaimed privacy advocate Adam McElhaney, has set up a viral GoFundMe page with the intent to crowdfund the money required to purchase the internet history of the Senators and Representatives who voted for these rollbacks.

This is dangerous.