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Pentagon Keyboard Jockeys Can Now Out-Decorate Combat Heroes

Jessica155 Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 5:51 PM
If I were one of Obama's killer nerd technocrats and they gave me that medal, I'd be ashamed to show it to anybody or even admit I "earned" it.

PARIS -- U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced last week that the Pentagon has created a new military award for keyboard cyber-warriors and drone joystick jockeys.

The Distinguished Warfare Medal will recognize those whose ability to incinerate a designated target from the comfort of an office chair wasn't prohibitively affected by a jumpy trigger finger on the joystick from a mid-shift java jolt. Or, as Panetta put it: "The medal provides distinct, department-wide recognition for the extraordinary achievements that directly impact on combat operations, but that do not involve acts of valor or physical risk that combat entails."

Given that this...