Home' Army Acquisition Logistics and Technology Magazine : Army ALT January-March 2015 Contents defense that we established in 2015 has
hardened our net and provided more than
adequate workarounds to keep us online
during this attack. I’m confident that
we’re safe at this time.”
The president thought of her two prede-
cessors and the cyber disaster of 2017, a
disaster that had changed a recalcitrant
Congress into a more sensible body. Still,
it had taken almost five years to elect peo-
ple to Congress with the courage to fund
this vital system and the robotic forces
that would replace boots on the ground.
Indeed, it had been Congress that had
pushed the Army to accelerate the devel-
opment of robotic forces.
Secretary of Defense Campbell spoke now.
“ We recommend that you execute option
Alpha. As we speak, we have nine C-17
aircraft orbiting Eastern Europe. Each is
loaded with a company, or three platoons,
of robotic ground forces. On your com-
mand, they will air-drop for action planned
for each site. As you’re aware, we command
these robotic forces digitally from stateside
military posts. Their language translation
capability was recently upgraded.
“Each of these robotic units,” the secre-
tary continued, “is composed of both
lethal and nonlethal robotic soldiers,
based on their specific mission. Also,
we have 13-person special operations
forces teams to keep eyes and ears on
enemy actions over each of the sites.
Each of the SOF teams is networked
with stateside controllers as well as air
and ground fire units.”
The president smiled. “So, we have a very
small footprint of boots on the ground.”
Campbell knew the president’s sense of
humor well. “Precisely. SOF only. More
treads on the ground than boots. Mean-
while, all of these sites are covered with
unmanned aerial vehicles, also controlled
stateside and networked into the network
intelligence coordinating centers. They’re
helping paint the picture on your confor-
mal display at this moment, as well as the
displays of the rest of the team.”
“Oh,” said the DNI. “I almost forgot. Note
the rapidly changing sets of dials in the
lower right-hand corner of your display.
That’s a consolidation of all social media
networks around the world, including
Russia, China, Europe, the Middle East
and Asia. These sites lit up instanta-
neously shortly after 1939 hours tonight.
Most importantly,” the DNI continued,
“the stateside social media displays give
you a running picture of the mood of our
citizens. The people are speaking.”
“With your approval, ma’am, we are ready
to execute option Alpha,” said Campbell.
“You have my approval,” the president
said. Then, “By the way, Mot, I want
to congratulate you for having had the
foresight to put this in place. The Ameri-
can people owe you a debt of gratitude.”
The secretary of defense had trained at
Harvard, served one term in the House
of Representatives and one term in the
Senate, and was selected by the president
from the opposing party. President Smith
admired him greatly.
“Thank you, ma’am, but this was not
my idea. This idea and the entire strate-
gic concept came from a social network
created around 2015 to leverage the vast
knowledge base of the retired military
community. A small investment has paid
The president knew this vital asset well.
“Remind me who’s responsible?”
“GEN Namrog,” the secretary of defense
said. “He had the vision and tenacity to
keep pushing this for the last 50 years.”
The president could hear the admiration
in her friend’s voice.
“Ah, yes. Is he still around?”
“Yes, as a matter fact is. He will be 99 on
“I’d like to thank him personally,” the
president said. “Please arrange for me to
MR. LLOYD N. “N EALE” COSBY is an
independent consultant to defense agencies.
He holds an M.S . in international affairs
from George Washington University and
a B.S . in agriculture economics from the
University of Kentucky. He has worked on
a number of Defense Advanced Research
Projects Agency projects, namely SIMNET,
the first networked, virtual training system,
and Command Post of the Future, which
became an Army program of record in
2006. He is currently working on big data
projects. He is an advocate for the Army to
provide standoff distance for ground forces.
NOT ONLY DID THE
THE PAST AND THE
PRESENT, SHE COULD
SEE THE FUTURE HER
TEAM HAD PROJECTED
WITH OPTION ALPHA.
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