I’ve been enjoying your blog. I’m always happy when I find out where the grown-ups are in serious conversation. And my father, the Commander, taught me to take some talk very seriously.
I just came across a news story that says Hezbollah was able to read message traffic Isreal sent using the frequency hopping U.S.-designed communication system called the Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System.
I don’t know a lot about Signal Intel, just what I picked up third hand while my dad was flying with VQ-2 out of Rota Spain in the 60’s.
However, if Hezbollah really has cracked these systems, it raises several questions.
Is it reasonable to assume that some black project in Syria or Iran was able to do this?
Is it more likely that some Syran or Iranian graduate of MIT or CalTec was able to put together electronic gear from Tiawan, China, Russia or the EU and get this capability? I don’t know if this isn’t more frightening than the above or the next option.
Or is it more likely that someone among the major players sold the top of the line to Iran so it could be tested against the best of the last remaining super power. (I note that France or Russia was supposed to have jammers to protect sites from our GPS guided bombs. They sold them to Iraq, but they didn’t work as advertised.)
I wonder if this is something you’d like to send up for your readers to comment on." MM