Linux in Defense: An Urgent Threat to National Security

Many people have called me an alarmist for saying that the spread of Linux through defense systems is an urgent threat to national security. They ask: "What is the big problem? Sure there are plenty of malicious hackers releasing worms and viruses on the Internet bringing down Linux systems, inserting keystroke loggers on computers to steal passwords and credit card numbers, and lots of other mischief, but what does that have to do with national security?"

Many major defense programs are planning to rely on Linux for their security, including the Army's Future Combat System (FCS), the Land Warrior, and the Global Information Grid, which will connect all future military systems into a single network. If the security of these systems is compromised, there will be dire consequences.

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