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    The war in Afghanistan is going on line.

    Well this definetly brings back images of the movie WarGames.

    This was taken directly from MSNBC
    BAGRAM, Afghanistan, May 31 — The war in Afghanistan is going on line. A drab tent under the Afghan sun hides a high-tech war room that soon will become the nerve center of the campaign: Inside, tables are lined with soldiers bent over laptops. They look up at computer maps of Afghanistan projected on large screens illuminating the dim interior.

    ALL ARE LOGGED onto the Tactical Web Page, a secret, secure Web site being used in combat for the first time, through which American commanders at Bagram air base and in the United States can direct the fight in Afghanistan.

    The system collects all information and communication in one place. Commanders confer in chatrooms and pass on orders; messages scroll across the screen, alerting developments from the field; maps show friendly and enemy positions.
    The tent — actually a honeycomb of tents linked by narrow passages — is the headquarters from which Lt. Gen. Dan K. McNeill will work when he takes command of Bagram air base, north of Kabul, as soon as Friday.
    “The rule here is that you can reach any critical information within two clicks of the mouse,” Maj. Keith Hauk, the knowledge management officer, said Wednesday.
    With wary looks, soldiers at work in the tent closed their laptops as journalists passed by on a tour of the facility. A copy of the Web site, stripped of sensitive information, was projected onto one of the main tent’s large screens.
    The command staff is confident that the web site is secure from hackers, shielded behind digital security barriers called firewalls.
    “There have been a few instances when unidentified computers have tried to get in, in which case we throw up additional firewalls,” Lt. Col. Bryan Dyer said.

    REDUCING COMPLEXITY OF WAR
    McNeill takes over the coalition campaign in Afghanistan at a time when the hunt for al-Qaida and Taliban fighters has grown more complicated. Many fighters are thought to have fled to Pakistan; those still here are believed to be operating in small groups. U.S. and other troops have been scouring eastern Afghanistan near the border for infiltrators.
    “These are great tools,” McNeill said, surrounded by the computer wizardry. “But it serves one purpose, to reduce the complexity” of fighting the war.
    “The sharp point of the spear are the soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who ... are taking the fight to those who would wage a terrorist war throughout the world,” he said.

    McNeill’s station in the war room, with his laptop, is in the center of the first table in front of the projection screens. Behind it are five rows of tables rising up like a stadium where “watch groups” monitor the action.
    Commanders in the field send information up through the web site, and orders flow back down to them. Generals at Central Command in Tampa, Fla. — which runs the U.S. military in the Middle East and Central Asia — can also log on.
    With all sides logged on, “the boss can point out items on the map with his subordinate commanders to draw up plans without everyone having to be in one place,” Dyer said.
    The maps on the Web site and the tent screens can show all flights through the region; icons point out U.S. and allied troops as well as enemy positions.
    The network replaces the old system of paper maps and radio communications — though these are on hand in case of a breakdown.
    “A computer with a bullet in it is just a paperweight,” Hauk said. “A map with a bullet in it is still a map.”

    Hmmm... I honestly don't think this is a very good idea at all. I don't care how many firewalls you put up. If its accesible remotly that means there has to be a machine on the outside to take the requests. Lets hope they know what they are doing here.

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    Now that would be interesting if a group of script kiddies, took a DDoS attack to it.

    This is just insane. WTF, would happen if someone got in, and changed stuff around. Soon we'd be killing our own people. And the less hi-tech enemy would prevail.
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    Insanity. Whom hasn't it consumed?
    Yeah, script kiddies, what don't they DDoS?
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    starting this year, army recruitment will be done on line with no need to report, in person, for active duty. instead a cd will be sent to the homes of each new recruit, and everyone will be in control of an RTRU (remote tactical robotics unit). There by makeing the enlisted man as invulnerable as the officers leading them.
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    Tedob1... I bet they are working on that....
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    i certainly hope so. learder could be awfully brave at the remote end of a computer connection.
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    That poses a good point, you think commanders will be more prone to take risks since they aren't going to be there anyway?
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    I checked google and found this site, it has some information on real US army robotic enhancements.

    " The suit will include shape-memory alloys to enhance soldiers' strength, advanced sensors to improve their awareness, and microphotonic materials to change their appearance"

    microphotonic materials? Any one know what they are?

    and another artical on that site

    "A US Army program to develop high tech applications for soldiers to increase their strength and fighting ability as well as improve survivability"
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    As the U.S. Special Forces unit approaches the enemy compound, a sentry shouts an alarm and the soldiers duck beneath a hail of gunfire. The point man drops to the ground and stretches a flap of his battle suit in front of him; with the push of a button it hardens into an instant shield. Two commandos move left, away from the forest cover into a rocky outcropping. As they move, the browns and greens of their camouflage change to shades of gray. Two move right, but one man is hit in the leg. Immediately, sensors relay information about his injury and location to field headquarters, where doctors instruct his suit to administer painkillers, apply pressure to the wound, and harden into a cast around his leg. Sensors tell HQ which soldier is closest to the wounded man; new orders and the target's position appear on the rescuer's heads-up display. To reach his comrade, the soldier must cross 20 feet of open ground—which he does with a single leap through the air.
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    kinda makes you look foward to the next war
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    I doubt the leaders will be any more effective if they are in a remote room somewhere. Most comanding officers don't lead from the front, because they are in the business of getting to flag rank, not getting a purple heart in a firefight.
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