The capture of five people accused of plotting a terrorist-style shooting rampage at Fort Dix yesterday is a good excuse to talk about base security -- and the many Orwellian methods the US Air Force is adopting to detect, identify and kill intruders.
- My personal favorite: kill the intruders remotely. Just put a remote button on a discretely-placed M4 carbine, M16A2 rifle, M240 or M249, and shoot the intruders dead from your living room.
- Give a military base all the "situational awareness" of a high-security prison, with automated sensors, laser tracking and mini-UAVs
- See the full concept of the air force's Integrated Base Defense Security System concept here (warning: huge power-point file). Thanks to the Fort Dix story, there shouldn't be any need to worry about the health of the program's budget for the next several years.