It appears that our advantage in having drones (unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs) overhead to track enemy movements or activities may not be as great as we once thought. News reports now say that most UAV signals are sent from the aircraft to ground stations in unencrypted form. Apparently the signals can be received by insurgents who can purchase commercial off the shelf components totaling $26.00. What is even sadder is that the defense department has known about this vulnerability since 2004. But I am sure our technological savy defense department will be able to spend millions of dollars to fix this problem in less than five years. In the meantime our Soldiers and Marines will fight . . .
Read "Insurgents Hack U.S. Drones", The Wall Street Journal, December 17, 2009.