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    Students to replace defense contractors?

    Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, CA is asking local high school students to solve three real-world challenges: design a remotely-monitored runway lighting system, a system to keep drones out of controlled airspace, and a self-driving bus for use on the base.

    I wonder what kind of security clearance, if any, the students need to participate in these projects, which will be conducted May 18 on the sprawling air base.

    If they are successful, maybe high school students can take on other security challenges, e.g, disarming N. Korea’s nuclear arsenal.

    Source: County students, Travis AFB to team up for problem-solving exercise

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Urbanek View Post
    Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, CA is asking local high school students to solve three real-world challenges: design a remotely-monitored runway lighting system, a system to keep drones out of controlled airspace, and a self-driving bus for use on the base.

    I wonder what kind of security clearance, if any, the students need to participate in these projects, which will be conducted May 18 on the sprawling air base.

    If they are successful, maybe high school students can take on other security challenges, e.g, disarming N. Korea’s nuclear arsenal.

    Source: County students, Travis AFB to team up for problem-solving exercise
    That's very interesting. I'd hate to be the security manager that has to explain security briefs in this situation. You don't know how much you can trust a high schooler.

    Then again, you can have a 17 year old serving in military intelligence in the Army (national guard), must be 18 in the RA I think).

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    Quote Originally Posted by LT Greenbean View Post
    That's very interesting. I'd hate to be the security manager that has to explain security briefs in this situation. You don't know how much you can trust a high schooler.

    Then again, you can have a 17 year old serving in military intelligence in the Army (national guard), must be 18 in the RA I think).
    Some of the Air Force troops stationed there are only a year or two older, and not much more mature.

    Lots of our G.I.'s are under 20 years old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miller47 View Post
    Some of the Air Force troops stationed there are only a year or two older, and not much more mature.

    Lots of our G.I.'s are under 20 years old.
    Yea age doesn't really become a factor in the military though. Intel job training can be around a year (including basic) so they've got the whole 'security' mindset nailed in over that time.

    But being a security manager responsible for that flow of classified material to civilian kids that young...I would NEVER want that job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LT Greenbean View Post
    Yea age doesn't really become a factor in the military though. Intel job training can be around a year (including basic) so they've got the whole 'security' mindset nailed in over that time.

    But being a security manager responsible for that flow of classified material to civilian kids that young...I would NEVER want that job.
    What "classified material"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miller47 View Post
    What "classified material"?
    If there is any in regards to the project. There may not be any but reading the report it sounds like there'd be some.

    As I said, there may not be any at all though

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    Quote Originally Posted by LT Greenbean View Post
    If there is any in regards to the project. There may not be any but reading the report it sounds like there'd be some.

    As I said, there may not be any at all though
    I doubt there would be anything classified in this project.

    The Air Force would have to do extensive background checks on the kids.

    That seems unlikely...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miller47 View Post
    I doubt there would be anything classified in this project.

    The Air Force would have to do extensive background checks on the kids.

    That seems unlikely...
    If it's a military project of any kind, believe there's a level of classification. Especially when it comes to creating something. If you'd like, I can give you my background in a direct message to help support what I'm saying. If not, feel free to not believe me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LT Greenbean View Post
    If it's a military project of any kind, believe there's a level of classification. Especially when it comes to creating something. If you'd like, I can give you my background in a direct message to help support what I'm saying. If not, feel free to not believe me.
    There's lots of classified stuff in the military, and lots of unclassified stuff.

    The link did not make it sound like those kids were going to be working with intel or weapons systems.
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    FYI: Non-military people need a security clearance before they can visit patients at David Grant Medical Center, which is located on the air base.

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