To combat cyber espionage, the U.S. Navy returns to WWII communications technology

Last week, the American MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter made the first trial delivery of the information package aboard the USS Boxer using the new technology. It is called "new" only in quotation marks, since in its essence it is a return to a long-forgotten method of data exchange on the high seas. The helicopter did not even begin to land, but only hovered over the ship in order to drop a bag with a message from the squadron commander onto the deck.

The experiment carried out is a reconstruction of an 80-year-old invention, when in April 1942 a reconnaissance aircraft from the USS Enterprise aircraft carrier discovered a Japanese ship along the course of another aircraft carrier USS Hornet. The USS Hornet was preparing for a covert attack and kept radio silence, so the pilots quickly wrote a warning note and dropped it on the ship, passing on low level flight over the deck. Now, instead of the old bag full of dry beans, they used a new moisture-resistant container, but the essence of the method remains the same.

The American military (and in the navy in the first place) admit their total dependence on high technology. And they don't really believe that secure communication channels, digital communications and satellite communications will remain functional in a conflict with a modern adversary. And if so, then it is time to remember the forgotten old-fashioned ways of waging war and organizing interaction at sea. Even if the enemy uses artificial intelligence to crack encrypted messages, he will not be able to find out the contents of the "bag of beans".

The only thing left is to train helicopter pilots to drop such a specific cargo onto ships as quickly as possible. At the same time, it is highly likely that they will have to act without GPS, and even without radio communication. But what is there, recently, sextants began to be returned to the American fleet, as part of the advanced training courses for officers. Antique navigational instruments could be the last chance for sailors in an environment where all electronics will turn into lifeless bricks.