How does this teach security? Rule number one is to always begin with an “attention grabber,” and nothing grabs attention like NASA does. The other reason is to show how working with what is available and improving can take the overwhelm out of a security system and program with a similar process NASA uses to reach and improve its presence on Mars and throughout the universe. In due course the plan is to put a man on Mars, but this is impossible to do in one shot and a lot of questions must be answered beforehand.
A security system or plan is similar on a smaller scale. It does not have to put a man on Mars on the first attempt but take steps to build upon a strong foundation that accommodates integration. One way to foster integration of new and old security solutions is to work with a company that offers various products and services. By introducing solutions into a system periodically by their priority, it allows observation as to what is missing from the system as opposed to adding excessive components that may interfere with what is needed to make an effective system. Also, upgrades can be executed efficiently and there is one point of contact.
Norman Schwarzkopf’s priority was not to protect the war fighter, but the logistics. The reason is that the warfighter is a sitting duck without food, shelter and equipment to fight the war. This is saying to look at the big picture and not to get to deep into the details or provide a simple fix to a specific problem. By addressing areas of security in the order of their priority with all aspects in mind, can be much more beneficial than putting a template system into place. This is not saying do not aim for the moon for the latest and great security plan and system, but to make sure all the steps are covered so that you donot get stuck halfway and so you can make it back.