posted on Oct, 23 2013 @ 12:47 AM
Typically, troops organize airstrikes using GPS receivers and laptop computers, but this requires simultaneously taking note of the location
of friendly forces and civilians, assessing the status of nearby aircraft, calculating the time it will take for bombers to reach their targets, and
considering the types of munitions onboard. The information is relayed to overhead pilots, but occasionally there are transcription, communication or
memory errors, Draper officials said.
I hope everyone realizes this is just spin. Cellular networks are just radios. The DoD is perfectly capable of transmitting coordinates digitally.
Further, if you have someone on the ground, the strike is often done by "painting" the target with a laser. Then there is no question regarding what
BTW, there is no such thing as military grade encryption. There is just good encryption and bad encryption. For instance, AES is a public standard.
Sure the military uses it, but so does everyone else. That is the good thing about encryption. You can protect a movie or state secret with the same
technique. Bits are bits.
In the case of calling in an air strike, encryption serves the need for information assurance, not so much for keeping the target a secret. That is,
given the real time use of the data, even a simple encryption scheme would be good enough since the enemy couldn't decode it in time. You can change
keys on a per mission basis to keep the enemy forever baffled. And when the target is destroyed, the information isn't of much use, and of course the
location is now known. [Look for the smoldering rubble.] But information assurance means you know the right person gave you the data, plus the
encryption generally has some sort of hash to insure the data was received without errors.
I seriously doubt the military will use civilian cellular for this task. After the ISI trained terrorists attacked Mumbai with freakin' Blackberries
for coordination, governments have added kill switches to the cellular network.
London riot coordinated via BBM
BIS compromised in India
If you know Blackberry encryption, this scheme will not effect BES, just BIS.
BART cellular cut off
Rumors on the interwebs run wild as to whether the cellular companies can kill the cell service of all but designated users.
cellular kill switch
IOS7 is rumored to have a kill switch, which is why the NYPD is encouraging users to upgrade. Maybe it is to prevent phone thefts, or maybe it is to
curtail free speech.