Look out, bad guys, there is a bullet in Barney Fife's pocket with your name on it.
Right now I'm teaching about the U.S. Civil War along with its circle of forts around Washington, DC keeping it safe from harm. It is striking how our former "modern" approach to national security maintained the same round shape 100+ years later. Overall the bigger change shifted to hardware and away from people.
If you mention Nike missiles to most people 30 or younger, they may tell you they prefer Reeboks or some other brand name shoe. What it brings to my mind is an air raid siren every Monday at 11:45 a.m. That was how our school knew it was lunch time. I also have flashbacks including the underside of various old wooden desks in St. Paul Cathedral Grade School. Sometimes we'd have to practice hiding under furniture. We'd have a spectrum of drills practicing different levels of protection techniques. There were times when we were guided into the school hallway, ushered down the stairway to the basement level where we'd all sit on the steps until America was safe once again. Lets think about this: the entire elementary school student body sitting on basement steps. Keep in mind these steps were also the only way in or out of the building. And this was for our safety!
In the interest of full disclosure: there are readers of this blog who were also having their little butts frozen on those icy steps right along with me. Do I hear an amen?
Aren't you glad this guy has moved on to the speakers circuit?