In today’s bright light, moving on from the darkness of war to civility, can we shake off the transient fears that long ago ruled our souls? At the heart of it all, we realize, is a quick makeover. A change of hair that would bring us instant status and bring success. A new accessory that would improve our looks from dork to yacht. All in a matter of weeks. We begin to feel better, safe, and again we would announce, I’m back. After weeks that seemed like a permanent moratorium to the war against terror, we are once again ready to paint our towns for war. Women start refusing the new red hats. Men begin looking for something else. Now there’s nothing a soldier can’t achieve.
It is one of those sensitive times for American military leaders, like the ones who dreamt up the Millennium War Machine, who have seen battle and wondered if another man’s life, or countless others, could be saved with the help of this ground-breaking weapon. The modern infantryman has long been a marginalized and forgotten group within US military forces. Despite possessing incredible abilities, men who fight in urban environments lack an efficient and sophisticated way to defend themselves from the smart, coordinated assaults of a modern enemy force. For years American soldiers were fed a steady diet of cyber warfare, sophisticated fighter aircraft, and tanks of steel and steel alike. Despite the annual advances made in their arsenal, however, these men were unable to thwart a number of sophisticated attacks on the US population and infrastructure. Today, for the first time since the Second World War, computer professionals at the Pentagon are working to uncover and defend a system capable of handling the same high-intensity terrorist attacks on the United States as the laser-blasting machines currently being used in distant lands.
The weapon developed for World War II could deflect more than 25,000 cannonshould they be fired at one time and such equipment was a definite consideration in the decision to begin the cyber-war, aimed at stopping the highly organized attacks against our computer networks. The idea for the new weapons was born at the Army and Navy Technology Works (ALW). Where soldiers and sailors originally manufactured and tested equipment for military combat, analysts spent their time researching nuclear weapons and nonconventional weapons that could be employed against war’s killers, with the ultimate goal of eventually retiring the sword and shield altogether. So far the analysts have not been successful at eliminating the need for combat with weapons of war altogether, but they have developed this weapon in the meantime.
“I had to finish the job,” the sergeant-major from Berrien County told Popular Mechanics. “It may have taken more time than I ever expected, but it is well worth it. The new technologies and weapons give us a chance to keep our devices up and running. We have a job to do that we’re just not going to give up.”