The distinction between military and consumer products largely doesn't exist, argues BKC fellow Bruce Schneier.
“As a matter of policy, the nation has to decide which takes precedence: offense or defense,” Schneier writes. “If security is deliberately weakened, it will be weakened for everybody. And if security is strengthened, it is strengthened for everybody. It's time to accept the fact that these systems are too critical to society to weaken. Everyone will be more secure with stronger encryption, even if it means the bad guys get to use that encryption as well.”