In last week's News and Views from the Nefarium I pointed out that Russia is calling for a massive influx of software developers. Here is the article from RT that I was referring to, and I am pointing it out here because it contains some very interesting comments, which, in context, prompt some rather intriguing high octane speculations:
The first thing to observe about this article is that it appeared on American Independence Day, July 4th, so I am taking the article in the sense of an oblique message that hovers in the background, the message being Snowden, the NSA spying theater that has been playing out for the last few weeks, along with all the speculation I have been postulating about it.
That Russia intends on keeping pace if not exceeding Western intelligence gathering capability is an interesting prospect to entertain, especially since Russia's computer chip industry lags woefully behind the West's. More importantly, however, I suspect the real impetus here is for their own cyber-security. After all, it's hard to mount any sort of credible geopolitical and financial challenge to the West, such as I have been arguing in recent posts and video blogs, without an adequate cyber-infrastructure to do so, and the first line in that defense and offense will be the programmers themselves. As the article points out, Russia has no lack of talent.
So what might the Russian defense ministry be up to? A lot is disclosed in the article and, I suspect, a lot more lurks behind such statements as these. The first statement made in the article is very revealing:
"Russian military plan to begin the mass recruiting of software developers with university degrees to man newly founded 'science companies'."
I suspect that these companies are fronts in the following fashion. A group of programmers is hired to perform or develop certain narrowly defined software. The software is adaptable to a variety of uses, including both peaceful and military. However, the ultimate military use will be hidden, coordinated by the planners of black projects. It is in other words the type of decentralization and comparmentalization model that worked so well for the West's military-industrial complex in the postwar and Cold War period.
This much seems to be comfirmed by the following statement:
"According to preliminary reports, such companies, 80 to 100 people each, will work inside higher educational establishments and students and professors will be engaged in scientific projects ordered by the Defense Ministry. For students the time spent in science companies would be considered as military service, which is compulsory in Russia, but people who receive higher education are usually granted a delay in conscription"
Notice that the peculiarities of Russian law would, in fact, stimulate such a growth, since people serving in such capacities could discharge there military service duties. This is, I suspect, a telltale sign that Russia is quietly alarmed about the scale of NSA spying revealed by the Snowden affair, and that this is a major component of its long-term strategic planning.
But I think the real real bombshell in this article is the following statement:
"The Russian military is especially interested in movable electricity generators using alternative energy sources and also water purification devices. He also mentioned robots, communications and 'all innovations'"
All innovations. All.
When Russians use language like this I tend to sit up and take notice, because they mean what they say. All. Drones, robots, super-soldiers, 3-d printing, and "alternative energy sources," which, notably enough, are curiously unspecified, but I doubt very much that the Russians are simply thinking in terms of portable nuclear reactors (they've had those for a long time anyway). I suspect that in their own very quiet, very deliberate, and very careful way the Russians are signaling that there is an era of transition coming, one involving precisely "all innovations," including energy - cold fusion, Lattice-assisted nuclear reactors, fuel cells, and... well, drawing energy from the vacuum perhaps. This will transform everything. Society and culture as we now know it will seem hopelessly pedestrian and antiquated perhaps even by our grandchildren. Water purification? (Can you say cost-effective de-salinization?) All.
This little article is a very subtle piece of cultural analysis (like all such Russian propaganda statements ultimately are). It's a cultural statement more than anything, one intimating the vast changes that have been underway in the black projects laboratories and that are slowly making their way out into the public (and I content 3-d printing is one such black-developed technology being slowly and very deliberately released).
So this is about much more than cyber-security, or, even the inevitable attempts to hack into that marvelous eavesdropping capability that the NSA and GCHQ and other western intelligence services have developed(after all, why develop such an expensive capability? Let the rich Americans do it for you, and then simply hack into it. Easier said than done, of course, but you get the idea).
Put differently, Russia intends to be the mortar in the BRICS.
See you on the flip side.