Mercenary Accreditation and Weapons permits

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Condottiere
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Re: Mercenary Accreditation and Weapons permits

Postby Condottiere » Fri May 19, 2017 12:39 pm

How many cutting edge technologies have the National Security Agency and the Pentagon released to the consumer market?

Just because your homeworld has a technological level fifteen industrial base, that only means that they can produce high technology items, not that civilians have access to them
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Re: Mercenary Accreditation and Weapons permits

Postby Nobby-W » Fri May 19, 2017 3:33 pm

Condottiere wrote:
Fri May 19, 2017 12:39 pm
How many cutting edge technologies have the National Security Agency and the Pentagon released to the consumer market?
Quite a few, actually, although in recent cases they may not have intended to. The spook services - NSA, FSB, GCHQ etc. - buy most of their zero-day exploits off the open market. From the leaked documents, their only contribution was wrapping them in a script-kiddie framework so the spooks could deploy them from a menu. Government institutions don't have the culture or pay scales to keep talented hackers on the payroll, so they're actually forced to compete on the open market for usable exploits. The value of a good zero-day can run to 5 or 6 figures.

Under U.S. law, most state-funded research is either classified or is released to the public domain.

Also, a lot of military tech isn't necessarily better than that available from civilian sources. It's been observed on quite a number of occasions, for example, that the avionics systems on the F22 run a CPU that's about as powerful as a Playstation 1. The myth of military tech being somehow cutting edge dates back to the cold war, when the folks doing the actual R&D were run by the military as they had the money. In some cases - such as weapons - they are, but it doesn't take more than a generation or two for most technology to be commodified.
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Re: Mercenary Accreditation and Weapons permits

Postby Condottiere » Fri May 19, 2017 8:09 pm

I'll look forward to that stealthed Porsche that radar guns won't detect.

The primary problem with the Lightning Too is, okay, one of the primary problems with Lightning Too is that it requires endless coding to work probably, not necessarily the speed of the computers.

But the technology involved in defence weapon systems are still classified, such as the stealth coating and Chobham armour.

Arguably, a Samsung Galaxy is more sophisticated compared to a Raptor's onboard computer, but weapon systems were originally designed with built in obsolescence, because frontline aircraft were expected only to fly six to eight thousand hours, before getting replaced by the next model. Probably less for the Soviet ones.

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