Hmm, apparently new graduates in the high-tech industries are going to work for Microsoft and Google, not military contractors. The armed forces want to spend heavily in the next decade for exotic new weapons, but the geek graduates are looking elsewhere.
Back in the day we used to ask "what if they gave a war, and nobody came?" It also strikes a blow against those who insist that capitalism needs wars to survive.
Kaminski's generation of engineers, which was responsible for many of the most successful military projects of the 1970s and '80s, is aging. But declining numbers of top young engineers, software developers and mathematicians are replacing them. Instead, they are joining high-tech companies and other civilian organizations that provide not just better pay than the military or its contractors, but also greater cachet - what one former defense industry engineer called "geek credit." UNQUOTE