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TEK THOTS
Volume 1, Number 5
THE COMDEX ISSUE
November 22, 1996
Published irregularly by Scott C. Holstad

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Copyright Notice
Copyright (C) 1996  Scott C. Holstad
All enclosed material may be used for non-commercial purposes.
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DISCLAIMER The views and analysis expressed in Tek Thots are the author's
own, and do not in any way reflect the views of EarthLink Network, Inc.,
the author's employer.
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CONTENTS

-- News/Editorial
-- PC Thots
-- Mac Thots
-- Web Development Thots
-- This Issue's Plug-in
-- This Issue's ActiveX Control
-- Stock Thots
-- Game Thots
-- Newbie Thot
-- Privacy/Security Thots


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News/Editorial
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*	Welcome to another issue of Tek Thots.  I'm calling this the Comdex
issue, because I just survived my time there, and I want to pass on some
tidbits gleaned while there.  I went with my colleague Marcy Harbut, an
EarthLink staff writer.  We went to cove r the event for EarthLink.  An
online article was the result, but we didn't get to spill our guts the way
we wanted to (word limits and all), so I'll pass on some info here. 

*	For anyone who went to Comdex, you'll appreciate this list Marcy
forwarded to me. 


>            The Top 16 Things Overheard at Comdex
>
>16> "You need a taxi sir?  HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAH"
>
>15> "Oh, come on -- Kirk can beat Picard's ass any day of the week!"
>
>14> "Empty the trash cans, someone's lost another retainer!"
>
>13> "I'm sorry, Mr. Gates -- this is a $10 minimum table, the $5
>     minimum tables are over there."
>
>12> "No, sir, we can't accept Apple stock to cover your gambling
>     debts."
>
>11> "Just shut up and give me the trinkets, booth weasel!"
>
>10> "Free Pocket Protectors at Booth 183!  Pass it on!"
>
> 9> "Hey, if we all share a limo ride back to the hotel, we can
>     split that dollar tip nine ways."
>
> 8> "Well, the Chicken Ranch was okay - but I liked 'Virtual
>     Monique' better."
>
> 7> "...so Dilbert says to Wally..."
>
> 6> "My dad said if I hacked the Federal Reserve one more time,
>     he'd take away my Nintendo."
>
> 5> "...and *I* said, 'That's no hexadecimal assembly code, that's
>     my self-modulating subroutine.'  But seriously, folks..."
>
> 4> "I don't care if you ARE a CEO, nobody gets in under 21."
>
> 3> "Marc Andreeson to the courtesy desk -- Your mother wants to
>     know what time you'll be home for dinner..."
>
> 2> "They call this a breakfast buffet?  Where's the Jolt Cola
>     and Doritos?"
>
>
>     and the Number 1 Thing Overheard at Comdex...
>
>
> 1> "Hey -- where are all the chicks??"


*	At 9:30am on Monday, I cornered a Microsoft employee at the Internet
Explorer booth.  After a little chat, I asked him how he feels about
Netscape. The (expected) response? "Netscape is a great competitor and
will keep us on our toes." Hmmm. Seems like you're keeping them on their
toes too. 

I asked about the delay on IE4.0. (Its release has been pushed back.) He
explained that a beta will be ready around the end of the year, and went
on to say that, confidentially, several features of IE5.0 will be
included. Of course, no further details there. 

*	I trooped on over to Quarterdeck, for two reasons.  I've heard good
things about their new version of WebCompass, and I've heard rumors of
management/financial troubles, some of which I've relayed in Tek Thots. 
After cornering Alex Eckleberry, VP of Ma rketing, I ask about these
things.  Not too surprisingly, he gives me a spin about the good
management people they've been bringing in recently.  As some of them have
come over from Norton, I try not to read anything into importing managers
from a company manufacturing disaster recovery utilities.  Besides, I'm
not a 100% Norton fan either.  Regardless, he assures me Quarterdeck will
not be going bankrupt anytime soon, and then starts in on WebCompass.  One
of the cool things about the upcom ing version is
 automatic version checking.  You can check for product updates now by
clicking a button and going to "Product Update."  The new version of
WebCompass, however, will do that automatically, letting you know if there
is a new version.  Kinda neat, and possibly worth checking out.

Quarterdeck's put some good things out over the years, and I don't
necessarily want to see them drop by the wayside.  One thing I think
they've needed to do is give up on their version of Mosaic, and move on to
other things.  Mosaic is a thing of the past .  I've heard they're finally
doing this, so who knows? 

*	Just for kicks, I stopped at Prodigy to look over their new Prodigy
Internet service.  I wanted to make it to AOL and Compuserve too, but just
didn't have time.  I saw some AT&T WorldNet people walking around, but
didn't even bother.  Long before I came to EarthLink, I was impressed with the complete ineptitude of this
service.  While it's big, I can't believe it'll ever be a "real" player --
just too many people there who don't know what they're doing. 

Anyway, I spoke with Carol Wallace, Prodigy's PR Director.  I've had a
Prodigy account for years, along with my umpteen million other accounts. 
I believe Prodigy has some benefits -- I do know many people who still
like the service (including my wife).  However, Prodigy hasn't even had a
Mac Web browser!!!  No Mac support at all.  Well, as soon as I mention the
word "Mac" to Ms. Wallace, she tells me that Prodigy "doesn't suck for the
Mac anymore!"  Interesting.  She invited me to look over an alpha but
believe it or not, I didn't have the time.  Hmmm, guess we'll have to see. 

*	Compuserve is finally giving up on Wow.  They'll be shutting it down on
January 31, and trying to convince their 100K customers to move to
Compuserve Interactive.  Why does this seem to surprise everyone but me? 
When I first heard they'd be putting out Wow, I said they must be losing
their mind.  They lose their Microsoft Support forums, essentially turn
their back on their business users, and go after the AOL crowd.  Can we
say STUPID!  What the hell were they thinking?  It seems someone over
there must be wising up.  Word is, they'll be trying to win back their old
business crowd by offering an "enhanced business menu," among other
things.  I personally think, unlike Classic Coke, they'll never be what
they were.  At least it's good to see them lumbering around with some life
left. 
 
*	Last week Yahoo! inked a deal to add Excalibur Technologies' Visual
RetrievalWare to its search engine.  This will let users search the
Internet for still pictures and video that match a predefined shape,
texture, and color.  This is fairly cool, and co uld have quite an impact,
perhaps most of all for corporate intranets.  This should enable them to
simplify the hideous task of retrieving images, video, animation, and
other types of data stored in corporate databases.  This also gives a
much-needed boos t to Yahoo's viability as a search entity. 

*	Texas Instruments' digital imaging unit laid off 175 employees.  About a
month ago TI offered voluntary early retirement incentives to about 5,300
employees.  Well, as a colleague of mine said upon seeing their booth at
Comdex, "Gee, I didn't know they were still around." 

*	Is it me, or does AOL's decision to ax 300 employees seem ...
interesting.  200 of them were based in Virginia, while the other 100 were
GNN Content-types.  Rumor has it, these people were let go for
"non-performance" issues.  Rumor also has it, potenti al lawsuits are in
the works, as not all of these 300 are stricken with happiness at being
non-performers. 


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PC Thots
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*	One of the things I really wanted out of Comdex was a demonstration of
MMX. Well, IBM demo'd the hot new chip, and I was impressed.  Boy, talk
about smooth video! This new chip is REALLY exciting, and it will be
making 3D graphics accelerator boards nea rly obsolete.  As I've mentioned
before, benchmark tests conducted by Intel indicate up to a 400 percent
performance improvement on certain apps!  This almost makes Motorola's
announcement of a future 533mhz chip moot -- almost.  Anyway, MMX should
be ready to run by early '97. 

*	I ran by the AMD booth, hoping to snag some info on their new K6 chip. 
No such luck, but they had a test running, between their K5 and a Pentium. 
I hate to admit it, but if everything was on the up and up, geez, it was
pretty impressive.  In fact, tha t K5 ran circles around the Pentium.... 

*	Toshiba finally announced its long-in-the-works DVD-ROM drive.  It'll
play full-screen movies from the new high-capacity (up to 17G!!!) DVD
medium, and it'll retrieve info instantly from huge phone books stored on
a single disk.  The drive will be in ne w systems and in an upgrade kit
from Diamond Multimedia sometime in early '97. 

*	Familiar with Windows CE?  Microsoft's major Comdex news (besides Office
97) concerned the launch of its new OS for mobile-computing devices:
Windows CE. Designed to give new life to PDAs, Windows CE includes a
version of IE called "Pocket Internet Expl orer,"  which currently
supports IE 1.5-level HTML.  Seems fairly interesting; you should've seen
the crowds around the CE booth! 


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Mac Thots
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*	Ellen Hancock has been making the rounds lately, preaching the gospel of
Apple (or at least trying to convince people that Apple remains viable). 
She's especially focused on the OS problems, trying to exert massive
amounts of spin control over Ike Nass i's departure. 

*	While at Comdex, I was fortunate enough to pin down a few people, either
personally or via telephone, and I received some interesting tidbits. I
hook up with Mia Bradway, an Apple PR person, and we hunkered down for a
private discussion. After inquiring about Apple's Internet strategy, I am
assured that Apple is completely dedicated to the Internet, and is
shifting a huge amount of resources in that direction.  Mia then set me up
with Andy Lauta, the Manager of Communication and Collaboration Products. 



Andy was refreshingly forthright, acknowledging Apple's inclusionist
policies as being a thing of the past, and emphasizing Apple's ongoing
strategy realignment. I can't tell you know nice it is to hear these Apple
people admitting strategy idiocies.  I'v e been disappointed to see a good
product ground into the dust by idiots.  As I've said before, it's
important that Apple remain a strong Microsoft alterenative. 

Anyway, Andy told me that Apple is not only embracing existing Internet
standards, but is helping to shape them as well (QuickTime), and is
targeting intranets as part of their strategy.  This is all well and good,
but I wanted to know what Apple is doing about the fact that so many
developers are NOT developing Mac versions of their plug-ins/applications.
Evidently, Apple is targeting the "top 250" developers, and sending
"evangelism groups" out to try and convince people to develop Mac-specific
Internet software.  Fine, but what about Microsoft's virtual non-support of Mac
users regarding Internet Explorer?  Andy tells me that Apple's recent
management changes have brought a lot of Microsoft-friendly industry
veterans on board who are involved with talk s with Microsoft "at the
highest levels" in an effort to convince the folks at Redmond to produce
Mac versions of the browser on near-equal footing with their Windows
versions. Interesting! 

Andy and Mia then set me up with Russell Brady, Apple's public OS guy.  We
haven't had a chance to get together yet, but I'll let you know what's up
with the backwards compatibility rumors. 

*	UMAX just unleashed a new Mac clone -- a machine that features two
200-MHz PowerPC chips.  The S900DP/200 is supposed to include 32MB of RAM,
a 2.1G hard drive, 8 speed CD-ROM drive, 512K cache, built-in Ethernet and
an Integrated Micro Solutions graphi cs accelerator with 4MB of video RAM. 
The S900DP/200 should ship at about $4800 by early December.  I would
prefer a lower price, of course, but I like the sound of it. 


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Web Development Thots
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*	JAALSoft has just released JAAL 1.0, which is supposed to be a new way
to bind HTML and SQL together for building Internet and intranet database
apps with 66% fewer lines of code than C or Perl.  It uses its own 4GL
with a dev environment written in Jav a, and it includes a full WYSIWYG
editor and RAD support.  It's also cross-platform and uses CGI to
communicate with Windows 95, NT, and Unix servers.  Sounds like a good
idea; it'll be interesting to see how it does. 

*	Oracle 8 is scheduled to ship in mid '97 and it's supposed to possess
built-in support for the Java VM.  Oracle will add Java DB software,
enabling SQL queries to be made from the Java programming language itself
instead of only through APIs. 

*	Microsoft has announced that they've ported Java to Win3x, so we can
expect an IE3 for Win3x with Java (probably slow) functionality.  Darn --
why did I upgrade to 95! 

*	I know this is simply a sign of things to come, but is anyone else NOT
thrilled with new products like IBM's soon-to-be-announced Surfaid? 
Data-mining, I understand, but I still get that icky big brother feeling
when I hear what some of these puppies w ill do.... 


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This Issue's Plug-in
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*	Marcy and I happened upon a very cool plug-in while wandering around
Comdex.  Wilcat Canyon Software's (http://www.wildcat.com/) Internet Music
Kit was VERY cool, and nearly idiot-proof.  This plug-in allows Netscape
users to add MIDI music to Web pages , with no musical or programming
talent necessary at all.  You can play around with it, change the volume,
enjoy the funky little icon, even turn off the music completely (which is
an option I like).  The plug-in itself is Mac and PC freeware; PC users ca
n get the authoring program.  Wilcat Canyon's Evan Gilbert demo'd it for
us.  He actually created embedable tunes in under 5 minutes!  I can't wait
to snag it and try this three step process out -- check it out yourself,
and let me know what you think. 


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This Issue's ActiveX Control
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*	One of the things I'm most excited about regarding the future of the
Internet and Microsoft's involvement is ActiveX technology.  At the
Microsoft pavilion, I asked for an example of a cool new ActiveX control,
and am I glad!  The demo I was shown is pr etty darn amazing. Surround
Video (http://www.bdiamond.com/surround/surround.htm) is a technology
produced by Black Diamond (although I was told Diamond, where I later
spent half an hour trying to find someone who knows anything about this
great technolog y they were supposed to be producing). It allows you to
see a panoramic 360 degree view of something, such as the New York City
skyline from the top of a skyscraper. Well, The demo I saw was of the
interior of a car. I viewed it from all angles, and as th e perspective
turned, I was amazed at how smoothly it scrolled. At this point, it's only
available for PCs (either major browser), but Andrew Lickly, Black
Diamond's Product Marketing Manager, told me in a phone conversation that
there is definitely a Mac version in the works.  I've downloaded IE and
Netscape (they've produced a Netscape plug-in version, although they are
commited to IE), and I'm pretty excited -- check it out! 


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Stock Thots
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*	Giga recently postponed its IPO and announced its president and CEO, Ken
Marshall, will resign.  Giga's desperate for alternative financing, but
like Wired, they're hurting.  In September, they were looking at $11/share
pricing; by November 5th, it was $8/share.  Mark my words -- we're going
to see A LOT more of these.  Pseudo tech stocks have been drastically
over-inflated. 

*	For a great article on Wired's failed IPO, check out the following URL:
http://www.upside.com/online/columns/netprofit/9611.html. 


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Game Thots
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*	Broderbund and Cyan finally revealed screen shots of Riven: Myst II at
Comdex.  The Millers don't want a sequel -- they want something that
stands on its own.  The game is supposed to ship next summer, and a lot of
people are looking forward to it.  Th e screen shots look fairly cool, I
have to admit, but I can't help but feel that Myst defined a new era of
gaming, and nothing done now as a sequel could possibly do as well.  Been
there, done that, etc. 

*	In future issues, a colleague of mine -- Eugene Ridenour -- will be
providing us with insightful game thots and demo links.  His first
comments for us? 

PC Game of the Issue: Tomb Raider   (www.tombraider.com)

 Synopsis: Lara Croft has just returned from a hunting trip in the
Himalayas where, she bagged a 12-foot tall yeti.  While enjoying a little
R & R, she's contacted by Jacqueline Natla, who convinces Lara to recover
a mysterious artifact from the tomb of Q ualopec in Peru.  After that - -
things get really dicey! 


Mac Game of the Issue: Derrat Sorcerum
(http://www.mixedmetaphor.com/products.html)

Synopsis: The engrossing medieval world of Derrat Sorcerum will draw you
in with its beautiful, atmospheric, award-winning graphics and haunting
orchestral soundtrack. Derrat Sorcerum's gritty realism and fiendish
puzzles make it a truly captivating game. 


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Newbie Thot
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*	So I'm sure you've heard all the rumors circulating about computer
viruses.  The media makes it sound ... well, you know how the mainstream
media can be.  If you want the basics on computer viruses, check out my
article, "Is Your Computer Sick?" which c an be found at
http://www.earthlink.net/daily/tuesday/virus.html.  You can learn what a
virus is and how they're spread; when they cam about and what types there
are; how to recognize one, even why people write them. 


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Privacy/Security Thots
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*	Marcy and I spent FAR too much time looking for Data Fellows.  Hoping to
somehow meet Fridrik Skulason, the author of the great F-Prot anti-virus
software, I forced Marcy to follow me around and around.  We used the map,
looked all over the place, to no
 avail.  Data Fellows -- where were you!


*	Another irritating virus hoax is making the rounds, and the kicker is,
it's the same darn text as the Good Times virus hoax!!!  Check it out: 

Date: Thu, 21 Nov 1996 11:20:35 -0800
X-Sender: xxxxxx@earthlink.net
Mime-Version: 1.0
To: sholstad@earthlink.net
From: xxxxxx@earthlink.net (Karen)
Subject: FW: VIRUS ALERT!

Scott,
Got this from a friend. What do you think?

-karen

>From: "Peraza, David CA" 
>To: "xxxxxx@earthlink.net" 
>Subject: FW: VIRUS ALERT!
>Date: Thu, 21 Nov 1996 07:16:00 -0800
>MIME-Version: 1.0
>
>You might want to read this!!!!!
>
>     -------------------------------------------------------------------
>VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION, PLEASE READ!
>
>There is a computer virus that is being sent across the Internet.  If
>you  receive an email message with the subject line "Deeyenda", DO NOT
>read the message, DELETE it immediately!
>
>Some miscreant is sending email under the title "Deeyenda" nationwide,
>if you get anything like this DON'T  DOWNLOAD THE FILE!  It has a virus
>that rewrites your hard drive, obliterates anything on it.  Please be
>careful and forward this e-mail to anyone you care about.
>
>Please read the message below.
>
>Alex
> -----------
>
>         FCC WARNING!!!!! -----DEEYENDA PLAGUES INTERNET
>
>The Internet community has again been plagued by  another computer
>virus.  This message is being spread throughout the Internet, including
>USENET posting, EMAIL, and other Internet activities.  The reason for
>all the attention is because of the nature of this virus and the
>potential security risk it makes.  Instead of a destructive Trojan
>virus (like most viruses!), this virus referred to as Deeyenda Maddick,
>performs a comprehensive search on your computer, looking for valuable
>information, such as email and login passwords, credit cards, personal
>inf., etc.
>
>The Deeyenda virus also has the capability to stay memory resident
>while running a host of applications and operation systems, such as
>Windows 3.11 and Windows 95.  What this means to Internet users is that
>when a login and password are send to the server, this virus can copy
>this information and SEND IT OUT TO UN UNKNOWN ADDRESS (varies).
>
>The reason for this warning is because the Deeyenda virus is virtually
>undetectable.  Once attacked your computer will be unsecure.  Although
>it can attack any O/S this virus is most likely to attack those users
>viewing Java enhanced Web Pages (Netscape 2.0+ and Microsoft Internet
>Explorer 3.0+ which are running under Windows 95).  Researchers at
>Princeton University have found this virus on a number of World Wide
>Web pagesand fear its spread.
>
>Please pass this on, for we must alert the general public at the
>security risks.

Now, listen:

According to Data Fellows, one of the TOP virus/security experts out
there,

NAME:	Deeyenda Maddics
ALIAS:	Deeyenda

This is another virus hoax. There are a lot of warning about this 'virus'
going around, but such a virus does not exist, and no future virus will be
named 'Deeyenda'. Ignore the hoax warnings and do not redistribute them. 

 [Mikko Hypponen, Data Fellows Ltd's F-PROT Pro Support] 


Furthermore, Symantec
 states that it's a
hoax, it does not exist, and that it's the same thing as the Good Times
hoax. 

OK?


*	I found a small booth at Comdex proclaiming the dominance of the AV
product.  Ever heard of it?  I haven't.  Immune2, allegedly found at
www.jdanda.com (although the link was dead when I tried it) is supposed to
be "great!"  Uh huh.  I asked if they pro vide eval copies.  Nope, they've
never been reviewed, evaluated, or seen by any critics, nor have they ever
been NCSA certified, and they don't want to be.  Why?  Because, "sorry to
sound so bratty, but we don't need to."  Uh huh.  How long will you be in
business?  If anyone's had any experience with this product, I'd love to
hear about it. 

*	Well, I'm slowing starting the AV testing process.  I'm continuing to
procur AV evals, as well as viruses.  Here are the initial results. 

PRODUCT                      # Caught (out of 200)      %

Dr. Solomon's FindViru           199                   99.5%%
ThunderBYTE (Tbav)               198                   99%
F-PROT                           198                   99% 
Leprechaun                       197                   98.5% 
Anywhere AV                      197                   98.5% 
IBM Antivirus                    195                   97.5%
Sophos Sweep                     195                   97.5% 
Invircible                       195                   97.5%
McAfee VirusScan                 195                   97.5%           
Norton AntiVirus                 191                   95.5%


Notes:
	* I planned on testing EliaShim's ViruSafe95, but it crashed every
PC we put it on.
	* I'm interested in testing Cheyenne, Ben Stiller's Integrity
Master, AntiVir V, and others. 


*	Thanks to Infowar.com for this one:

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Stateless Warfare: Commandant's Planning Guidance 

by Colonel Gary Wilson, USMC OSD/RA 

October 31, 1996

Today there are no shortages of modern-day threats to stability and
security as reflected in challenges emerging in form of stateless warfare
or sometimes referred to as 4th generation warfare. 

The CPG recognizes that with the end of the Cold War, our nation faces
more diverse and complex challenges. The central security concern of the
past half century, communist expansion, is gone, but civil conflict is
spreading and rogue states threaten regi onal stability coupled with
undefined threats of stateless warfare that have not yet been identified. 

The rapid diffusion of information, people, and technology raises the risk
of proliferation of advanced weapons, including weapons of mass
destruction. So too, global demographic pressures are contributing to
large-scale environmental and resource degrada tion sapping economies and
undermining political and regional stability. 

While there has been conflicts over oil,international confrontations over
water are simmering across the globe unless more rational steps are taken
to conserve that dwindling resource. One in five countries is suffering
water shortages. National and inter national conflicts are already brewing
over rights to scarce water and will certainly worsen if we do not begin
to use global resources like water more efficiently. Population growth has
outstripped food production increases in one-third of all countries in the
worlds increasing the potential for regional instability. 

Meeting stateless threats to stability and security requires an enduring
commitment to military readiness. The CPG provides insight to where
leadership, bold innovative thinking, people, and technology, can play a
key role in adapting naval expeditionary forces for the undefined threats
of stateless warfare that lay in wait and fester up as regional
instability and criminal activity of international gangs. 

Technological innovation and bold thinking have advanced our military
capabilities for decades, often ensuring the Corps' position as the
world's premier force in readiness. Today, the demands of new global
challenges in the form of stateless warfare are growing, along with the
demands on our limited resources and operational forces. 

For the Corps, the operational challenge is to ready our forces to address
a more varied set of stateless threats , the unexpected, and the
yet-to-be-define threats, while at the same time downsizing and
restructuring to respond to the defense needs of th e 21st century. 

To achieve these objectives in concert with the CPG, Quantico, in
extremely close concert with the operational forces must launch a series
of initiatives to use mature technologies. The CWL (Commandant's
Warfighting Lab) is the cornerstone in furnishing t he Corps' overarching
window on the future as we integrate people with technology in the combat
development process. 

The CPG clearly signals CMC's commitment to "leveraging" technology (both
high and low tech) to ensure that our Corps maintains the best-trained and
best-equipped forces in the world. Critical are near- term technologies
that can dramatically enhance our ability to both prepare for and execute
military actions. By supporting advances in information technologies,
sensors, and simulation, we strengthen our ability to anticipate and
execute military operations, while training our forces in more realistic
set tings. 

Technologies are central to greater situational awareness by enabling our
forces to acquire large amounts of information, analyzing it quickly, and
communicating it to others concurrently for coordinated and precise
action. Technological breakthroughs are changing the face of conflict and
how we prepare for the unexpected and high-risk missions. 

Highly trained Marines with the right technology can help underwrite our
ability to succeed in high-risk missions, capitalize on all of our Corps'
global capabilities, while quickly coordinating actions. New technologies
are being developed to strengthen our efforts in peacekeeping such as
nonlethal munitions. Technological advances such as JDIS, JMCIS, and GCCS
are being pursued to fortify the joint fighting capabilities. 

Technology advances must be cheap, easy to use, and make complex tasks
simple. Towards this end CPG reminds us to consider new ways of doing
business by modernizing our thinking as well as our equipment. Research,
development, and acquisition initiatives must be put in place to remove
barriers that separate the defense industry from the commercial industry.
The goal is to see that the military gets the highest quality equipment at
the lowest cost. 

The DOD dual-use technology policy recognizes that we can no longer afford
to maintain two distinct industrial bases because of high costs. The
military needs to learn how to exploit the rapid rate of innovation of
commercial industry to meet military nee ds. 

CPG suggests leveraging commercial technology to create military advantage
and eliminate the need to make expensive commitments to product
procurement. So it recognized that in some situation "no" solutions or
tactical solutions are viable alternatives as
 well. To be sure CPG does safe on the over reliance on technology by
emphasizing people over things. This particularly key in dealing with some
aspects of the broad class of global threats associated with stateless
warfare. 

The Corps and its CWL recognize there is a broad class of global threats
that endangers the security and well-being of Americans and others around
the world. With undefined threats emerging, complicated by technology and
the proliferation of weapons of ma ss destruction, there are requirements
for military and technology investments. For example, the United States
Marine Corps is boldly expanding its cooperation with other services and
agencies to provide a world class biochem response unit. 

The likelihood of a state or nonstate entity will use biochem weapons of
mass destruction against U.S. interesting is growing. Concordant with the
CPG the USMC is training a response team based at Camp Lejeune shored up
by an cyber,Reachback Advisory Grou p, a computer network with U.S.
scientific experts on modern-day biochem threats. 

Clearly there are no shortages of modern-day threats to stability and
security. General Krulak's Commandant's Planning Guidance (CPG) renews our
enduring commitment to military readiness and gives us insight into the
critical role people and technology pl ay in national security and the
changing security environment indicative of stateless warfare. 

Colonel Wilson may be reached at  GWilson@osd.pentagon.mil 


Infowar.Com & Interpact, Inc. WebWarrior@Infowar.Com 
Voice: 813.393.6600 Fax: 813.393.6361
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