this isn't a politcal rant, just idle midnight curiosity.
i wonder if the U.S. and military equipment engineers are successfully learning the lessons that computer science has to teach us about security, namely:
the only good security is visible security.
theoretically (barring errors of design or programming) you can know the location and configuration of an encryption-based security device - even down to the minute details of the encryption algorithm - and still not be able to break it. likewise, you should be able to know all about the directory structure and file permissions, down to how the operating system implements them, and still be unable to access anything without an account with the proper permissions.
i'm not sure if this applies to all forms of security - certainly covert intelligence operations could never benefit from visibility. but i think about things like missile defense systems, and airport security, and i wonder - are we building systems that are secure, even if an attacker knows absolutely everything about them? is that possible?
dunno. just thinking out loud. or rather in type.