Trusted Computing for National Defense
Published in Military & Aerospace Electronics
Written by Jamie Whitney
NASHUA, N.H. - Founding father, inventor, author, and statesman Benjamin Franklin introduced several lasting thoughts and inventions in his storied lifetime. In his adopted home of Philadelphia, Franklin told fellow residents they would be wise to support his volunteer fire company -- the first in what would become the United States -- in 1736. Franklin sold his idea with a pithy saying: "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."
Perhaps nowhere is this saying more impactful than in keeping the vital equipment, systems, and secrets secured. After all, robust cyber security can keep nefarious actors at bay, but so long as systems remain connected to one another, corporate and state-sponsored spies will attempt to learn their secrets, vulnerabilities, and ways to destroy or takeover components, networks, and even entire weapons systems.
In October, President Joseph Biden Jr. released his administration's 48-page National Security Strategy (NSS), in which the president lays out a multi-point plan to keep the United States ahead of rival and semi-adversarial nations like Russia and the People's Republic of China (PRC) while ensuring the nation can keep itself rolling technologically if those rivals -- China in particular -- become adversarial.