March 19, 2003
Shock and Awe
Posted by tmonkey at March 19, 2003 02:11 PM
did you all see the armada of helicopters over brooklyn yesterday noon-time? shock and awe indeed. I don't remember anyone saluting, though.
I can't tell if they're saluting or if they're shielding their eyes from the sun.
Reading about the dust storms which are in season now in Iraq (which is I think what all the stalling and incremental drawing out was about) made me think, if I were Sadaam, I would try to somehow rupture the GPS/satellite system, as this is how all the first bombing strikes will be targeted. However, I don't think they have the means. But all it takes is a little sabotage, paying some hacker to phreak the system a little...
Sorry, I guess that comment belongs in elia's post about GPS.
Well, there's gps and then there's GPS. The DOD uses P-code signals to filter out civilian-grade signals from their own, and it's been an increasingly big deal that the US won't share those p-codes even with it's allies. Insofar as it has any.
There'll be no phreaking of the p-code GPS system, that's a safe bet, and the military doesn't pay much attention to the civ-grade stuff that the Iraqis do indeed know how to jam. In terms of jamming GPS, it leaves traces. It's a little bit like having a radar detector when the cops have radar-detector-detectors, except that in Iraq the penalties are much heavier. Like 19,000 lbs. heavier.