Re: [ISN] The right way, the wrong way and the DoD way.

From: mea culpa (jerichoat_private)
Date: Sun Sep 13 1998 - 21:40:07 PDT

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    Reply From: Matthew Patton <pattonat_private>
    >[And we won't even mention the little problem of
    >where DoD expects to produce 300 Ph.D. reservists who specialize in comsec
    >from overnite.]
    Totally IMO but the really gifted guys in my experience don't have any
    sheepskins, ok maybe a bachelors. They wouldn't be caught dead with a PHd
    let alone having to cross their t's and dot their i's for 6+ years in
    If the AF wants to help cut some costs and retain what skilled personnel
    they (accidently) manage to attract, they (military personnel system and
    management) should stop going out of their way to screw over the airmen and
    young officers who really have one mission, to do what they know best.
    Career advancement and all that can get the ol' heave ho. Basically "get
    out of my way and LET me do my job!" Seemingly the only skill one needs at
    the Pentagon is kissing ass. [I must have cut that class] Englightened
    management does have its uses: attending interminable meetings and running
    interferance when doing things right just so happens to step on somebody's
    sensitive little toes.
    It's a scary thought that we've yet to have a pure computer (33Sxc) guy get
    a star. Damn fighter jocks think they know how to run everything. We all
    know the "Army crawls on it's belly" to use Nepolean's words. Well, if the
    USAF thinks they are the answer to the computer driven information
    battlefield then they damn well aren't going to go any more than their
    ethernet will let them. That and their ability to do a passable job at
    information/computer security.
    I applaud the initiative shown by the guys at Langley in using Linux for
    their 'net presence. Only problem is, their original configuration was
    quite vulnerable: to the degree that mass mail programs have it's address
    hard coded into the list of servers to use. That's why some of use OpenBSD.
    Sorry for the blatent plug.
    I'm sure I've stated it before (as have others) but the military's problem
    isn't really a technical problem, it's a people management problem. To top
    it off, the "tiger/swat" teams who do know their stuff don't bother to
    conduct training classes or tell admins whose boxes they have r00ted how to
    fix their gear. I have a HUGE problem with that.
    Enough ranting...
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     reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go around repeating
     the very phrases which our founding fathers used in their struggle for
     independence,"  - Charles A. Beard (American historian)
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