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Re: $400 million network upgrade for the Pentagon
- From: Brad Knowles
- Date: Mon Aug 12 18:33:36 2002
At 12:44 PM -0400 2002/08/12, Sean Donelan wrote:
Keep in mind that it was DARPA that funded the original research
on what we now call the Internet. There are plenty of clueless
morons in the building (the one with four sides and a spare), but
there are also some exceptionally sharp people.
Building a surviable network in such a small area, relatively speaking the
Pentagon is small, is a much harder problem than diversity on a regional
or even national network.
Perhaps true for the unclassified systems. But then they're not
really that critical to the real day-to-day operations. Moreover,
where the plane struck is not the side where the majority of this
kind of networking is done.
"Among the problems DOD encountered Sept. 11 was a computing environment
with many points of failure -- applications or databases that, if
removed, could not be recovered and critical network links that, if
down, could not be worked around.
I worked there for about five years. I know where a lot of the
unclassified networking was done, and I know where a fair amount of
the classified processing was done. The classified areas were not in
any danger from the airplane attack.
Brad Knowles, <firstname.lastname@example.org>
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
-Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania.
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