We are at CyberWar, our national politicians tell us, and in a CyberWar we must be ever CyberVigilant and on CyberGuard against our CyberEnemies. Usually, showing up is a prerequisite for vigilance.
Earlier today, the full House Armed Services Committee was called together for a hearing entitled “U.S. Cyber Command: Organizing for Cyberspace Operations.”
There are a lot of members on the House Armed Services Committee: 62 in all. There’s a bit of competition to get on the committee among members of Congress; it’s a useful gig for establishing a politician’s patriotism.
But look at the picture below taken during today’s Armed Services Committee hearing. More than a score of military officers attended the hearing, with all but one of them (witness General Keith B. Alexander, the Commander of U.S. Cyber Command) remaining silent but present during the hearing.
Then look at the seating for members of the committee:
Chairman Ike Skelton and Ranking Member Howard McKeon were there. Committee members Mike Conaway, Mike Coffman, Silvestre Reyes, Larry Kissell, Joe Wilson, Solomon Ortiz, Leonard Boswell, Hank Johnson, James Langevin and Carol Shea-Porter attended and asked questions. All other members’ seats remained empty, establishing an attendance rate of just 19%.
It must be hard to show up for work on a Thursday.