Amazing how the defense contractors can invent this stuff that really works.
So why are we telling everyone???
So, this is one of the toys I'll get to play with, once I get in theater!
The ingenuity of the terrorist, versus the innovation of a motivated entrepreneur - guess who wins every time?
That dark blanket is there to keep the enemy from adapting it weapons to defeat our countermeasures and THAT is the real issue.
Any countermeasure detail is information that can be used by an opposing engineer.
Ask Bin Laden about his sattelite phone and whether he uses it anymore. What he didn't know was very dangerous to him.
Has something been developed to counter the car alarms being used to trigger booby-trapped vehicles?
Here's another idea. The "insurgents" use cell phones as triggers. When a cell phone is turned on, it has to ping a tower to let the system know where it is. Have the system call back everyone when they turn on their phone. If it's a bomb, it will explode - in the terrorist's hands. Good for one or two tries before they catch on.
I missed the farmer example. Still, I agree -- product and research development secrecy has VERY serious flaws. Not only do you shut out a lot of very smart, cunning and out-of-the-box thinking folks -- but you fortify the castles of the incompentent. The technically incompetent and uninspired are quick as all get out to realize the value of project secrecy in terms of (1) protecting their jobs by radically limiting the client's available market, (2) as a lever applied against the competent to remove them by shutting them out of key information and thereby allowing false charges of incompetence and/or inability to be brought against even the most competent, and (3) to preclude accountibility for failure, schedule overrrun, and incomptence. Once the technically incompetent, yet politically shrewd, learn this they can be quite adept and potent at empowering and enriching themselves while buggering the rest of us.
We kinda inferred the existance of these devices, what, about 3 or 4 years ago?
"THERE'S MORE: Shhh! Keep quiet when you're reading Steven Aftergood's Slate story on why airport screeners don't have to tell you what law they're relying on to give you the pat-down"
A quick fix to this whole "pat-down" problem would be if we could Pick from a team of Pat-Downers who we would like to pat us down.
Of course then the only objection would be that they didn't "finish" or pat us down enough...........
Thanks for the post.
It is amazing how the enemies of America have wrapped the flag around themselves, then burrow into a defense industry, and then work 24/7 to expose our tech secrets to minimize their effectiveness.