Not only did this group of cadets win, they won big taking the top spot in two
out of three categories. They beat out all of my teams from Texas and Oklahoma.
Congratulations on a fine performance and a great learning experience. Cyber
Patriot, sponsored by the Air Force Association, is designed to shore up our
nation's cyber defense and create interest in science, technology,engineering &
math.Bob KjarCyber Patriot Coordinator, Texas/OklahomaAir
Force Association Houston
Great Job! Congradulations!
"The No. 1 concern in the world today is cyberterrorism,"It is
obvious these kids have not seen people who have starved to death. People with
limbs blown off from unrecovered land mines. People suffering from Cholera,
dysentary, leprosy and so many other serious diseases. If you don't want to get
your computer infected, pull the plug. Much of the world doesn't have our
luxuries and fools who think this is so important have their priorities
The vulnerability inherent in most computer systems comes from poor design and
engineering. Cyber "security" attempts to mitigate the poor construction with a
seemingly never ending series of band aids, bailing wire, and the like.Watching an NFL game on TV at the Dallas Cowboys new stadium, I fully suspect
it was built with sound and sufficient engineering whereby 3/4 of the seats, the
heating and air conditioning systems, and the roof, don't have to be replaced
several times over the the next few years.
The harm cyberterrorism can cause is astounding and frightening. The US is so
networked there is no just "pulling the plug" While those issues you bring up
are important please don't belittle the effort of some young men who while they
may not see physical combat, may one day be in the front lines of a shadow world
that seeks to bring our electronic defenses and infrastructure.
What these young men have accomplished is nothing short of incredible. Kudos to
the entire team. I find it disheartening that with all the bad news in print
today, someone (davis and anonymous above) feels the need to belittle the
extraordinary accomplishments of a few sharp high school students. These
students are kind of youth that will one day be the contributors to an effective
society while the naysayers are relegated to doing nothing more than throwing
stones and slander. Great job Clearfield JROTC and give'm hell in Florida.
Great job to those competitors. These men are amazing this world will end up
completely depending on computers for our whole lifestyle and these men and
others will be some of the most important soldiers in our armed forces. Yes the
issues you have brought up are very important issues that we must take care of
but you can't ignore this issue because like I said above this world is fast
becoming a technologically based society and the faster that we as a nation
accept that and start working to defend against threats in that regard then we
will be so much better off. Again props to Clearfield JROTC.
I think these young men are going to be the next leaders in this feild.
Great job to these kids and I'd challenge those thinking about their future to
consider this or other computer related fields.If you can take down
the computer systems of a power grid, a bank or Wall Street, an airline flight
scheduling system or FAA communications, or any number of other infrastuctures,
you can bring this country to its knees.Its as real as any bomb,
possibly worse because of the problems with coordination and reaction to such an
attack. These guys and others in the field could literally save your life if
they can prevent some 'cyber' disasters from ever occurring. I am not
There is a great deal of cyber crime occurring. There is also a fair amount of
espionage. But saying that there are "The government spends billions of
dollars annually repairing computer systems that have fallen victim to
cyberterrorism" is simply wrong. That is akin to calling muggers and embezzlers
"terrorists." Terrorism is intended to inflict fear and terror in the
population in furtherance of political goals. There is almost no real cyber
terrorism.This does not lessen the need for training and
capabilities, and all of these young cadets should be applauded for what they
are doing.But let's stop pretending that every criminal act is
I know this article is old news, but I thought I would add the next line. The
Clearfield HS cadets just finished competition in the finals of the national
high school cyber defense competition, the largest ever held, and walked away as
COngrats on winning Nationals, you sure gave my team a run for their money, and
it was great meeting you in orlando. CONGRATUALTIONS!!