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As Ukraine Crisis Looms, Russia Eyeing Cyber Strike on USA

This is what 21st century warfare is going to look like.

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Welcome to 21st century warfare, ladies and gentlemen.  Gone are the days of hearing ’em coming.  The best some of us might get, should things turn hairy enough, is an emergency alert to our iPhone that says “heads up, nuke incoming”.  Then we’ll spend 4 minutes on Twitter trying to figure out if this was real, or an operator error in whatever cubicle that button is in.

Until we see the rocket itself we may be wondering.  And, if we never look up from those phones, maybe we won’t even see it coming at all.

But, worse yet than minutes of excruciating worry about the limits and lapses of cellular technology, would be if everything were to just shut off.  Click.  No lights.  No fridge.  No water heater.  No Coffee.  No money.  That would be the ultimate event.  The point in which a year zero is born.  It’s a different world then.

This is the sort of thing that keeps cyber security experts up at night, and a great deal of the fracas is coming straight from Mother Russia.  Now, as DC continues to engage in aggressive discussions with Moscow, there are fears that the Russian hacking juggernaut will take aim at Uncle Sam.

The Department of Homeland Security has warned state and local governments as well as private infrastructure operators that Russia could launch a cyber attack if it perceives a threat to its “long-term national security” in the US or NATO’s response to a potential invasion of Ukraine, according to a new report Monday.

“Russia maintains a range of offensive cyber tools that it could employ against US networks​ — from low-level denials-of-service to destructive attacks targeting critical infrastructure,” ​the department said in a Jan. 23 memo obtained by CNN.

DHS analysts concluded that Moscow’s capability to launch disruptive or destructive cyber attacks on the US “probably remains very high” amid heightened tensions over possible Kremlin military action in eastern Europe.

​”​[W]e have not observed Moscow directly employ these types of cyber attacks against US critical infrastructure​ — notwithstanding cyber espionage and potential prepositioning operations in the past​,” it said.

On the other end of the spectrum, a known mouthpiece for the Russian President has suggested that those who seek to interfere with Russia’s plans for Ukraine could be turned into “radioactive dust”.

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See No Evil Flags

A Political Cartoon By A.F. Branco Exclusively for Flag and Cross ©2022

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A Political Cartoon By A.F. Branco Exclusively for Flag and Cross ©2022

See more A.F. Branco cartoons on his website Comically Incorrect.

A Political Cartoon By A.F. Branco Exclusively for Flag and Cross ©2022 See more A.F. Branco cartoons on his website Comically Incorrect.

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US Air Force Reveals Successful Hypersonic Missile Test

This could put the US back in the driver’s seat as far as missile tech goes.

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Much like the global arms races that came before, the superpowers of the world are now looking to add a terrifying new doomsday machine to their arsenals in 2022:  Hypersonic missiles.

The missiles, which could be loaded with nuclear or traditional munitions, fly several times faster than the speed of sound and are said to be unstoppable by current defense technologies.  (The US has played coy with this claim, however, suggesting that our nation is well-defended against them).

Russia and China already possess such weapons.  North Korea keeps insisting that they do too, but the claim is dubious.

The United States, who previously admitted that they were a bit behind in developing these projectiles, made a major announcement on the subject this week.

UPI reports a B-52H Stratofortress aircraft successfully released a AGM-1831 Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) over the weekend that achieved speeds five times greater than the speed of sound.

The test was conducted somewhere off the coast of Southern California, it said.

“This was a major accomplishment by the ARRW team for the weapons enterprise and our Air Force,” Brig. Gen. Heath Collins, Air Force program executive officer for weapons, said in a statement.

“The team’s tenacity, expertise and commitment were key in overcoming the past year’s challenges to get us to the recent success.”

The news comes just months after China secretly test launched a hypersonic missile that circumnavigated the globe before hitting its target.

 

Much like the global arms races that came before, the superpowers of the world are now looking to add a terrifying new doomsday machine to their arsenals in 2022:  Hypersonic missiles. The missiles, which could be loaded with nuclear or traditional munitions, fly several times faster than the speed of sound and are said to be unstoppable by current defense technologies.  (The US has played coy with this claim, however, suggesting that our nation is well-defended against them). Russia and China already possess such weapons.  North Korea keeps insisting that they do too, but the claim is dubious. The United States, who previously admitted that they were a bit behind in developing these projectiles, made a major announcement on the subject this week. UPI reports a B-52H Stratofortress aircraft successfully released a AGM-1831 Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) over the weekend that achieved speeds five times greater than the speed of sound. The test was conducted somewhere off the coast of Southern California, it said. “This was a major accomplishment by the ARRW team for the weapons enterprise and our Air Force,” Brig. Gen. Heath Collins, Air Force program executive officer for weapons, said in a statement. “The team’s tenacity, expertise and commitment were key in overcoming the past year’s challenges to get us to the recent success.” The news comes just months after China secretly test launched a hypersonic missile that circumnavigated the globe before hitting its target.  

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