USA - Pentagon Weapons Vulnerable to Attack

Arno Froese

The Pentagon only recently made cybersecurity a priority, the Government Accountability Office says in a new report, which found vulnerabilities in weapons that are under development.

The flaws are highlighted in a new GAO report, which found the Pentagon is “just beginning to grapple” with the scale of vulnerabilities in its weapons systems. 

Drawing data from cybersecurity tests conducted on Department of Defense weapons systems from 2012 to 2017, the report says that by using “relatively simple tools and techniques, testers were able to take control of systems and largely operate undetected” because of basic security vulnerabilities. 

The GAO says the problems were widespread: “DOD testers routinely found mission critical cyber vulnerabilities in nearly all weapon systems that were under development.”

When weapons program officials were asked about the weaknesses, the GAO says, they “believed their systems were secure and discounted some test results as unrealistic.”

The stakes are high. As the GAO notes, “DOD plans to spend about $1.66 trillion to develop its current portfolio of major weapon systems.” That outlay also comes as the military has increased its use of computerized systems, automation and connectivity. 

Despite the steadily growing importance of computers and networks, the GAO says, the Pentagon has only recently made it a priority to ensure the cybersecurity of its weapons systems. It's still determining how to achieve that goal—and at this point, the report states, “DOD does not know the full scale of its weapon system vulnerabilities.”

From the GAO: “One test report indicated that the test team was able to guess an administrator password in nine seconds.”, 9 October 2018

Arno's commentary

This is the new warfare: cyber-attacks and cyber defense. Thus, cybersecurity has reached priority level. 

Man has come a long way from using a sword, spear, bow and arrow. The invention of black powder explosives in China in the 9th century, and the European invention of the firearm in the 1300s changed warfare. The First and Second World Wars introduced rapid-fire machine guns, tanks, airplanes, submarines and introduced rockets. But most of those weapons have also become outdated in recent times. Now it’s not the weapon in and of itself, but the necessary software that operates these destructive arms. 

We believe that the US has one advantage, namely its close relationship with Israel’s defense industry—the best in the world. 

We recall the 1991 Gulf War, when Patriot Missile Batteries were stationed in Israel to protect them against SCUD missiles launched from Iraq. The result: Patriot missiles failed 100%. Only after Israel got involved and upgraded the system, did it become effective.

The world will continue to arm itself with virtually unimaginable weapons. Yet, as this article shows, if cybersecurity is not properly implemented, it can become an enemy of one’s own defense force.

Based on history, weapons developed were always used in the end. Thus, the question: can we expect a third world war? Based on an understanding of the prophetic Word, this writer thinks not. Why? Because the god of this world, the great imitator, the fake messiah, who already rules the world, will need to present his global peace plan, which has been in the works especially since the Second World War. From that point on, the world has commercially integrated to the point that it has become difficult to determine which country a product originates from. While there are some military conflicts around the globe, they are limited to the area in question and will most likely be solved diplomatically sooner or later. But, as we have often written, peace and prosperity present the greatest danger of all times in human history. 

The Bible says, “For when they shall say, peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape” (1 Thessalonians 5:3).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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