Part of what makes military diagrams so fascinating is that they
look a lot like the images civilians use to do their regular
workaday jobs. It’s just software and hardware, after all, and
there are only so many ways to draw a network diagram. Yet the
scale of these systems is immense; the lines being drawn are
between jets and satellites, not between a couple of web servers.
You can smell the money burning.
Good thing Edward Tufte is alive and well; otherwise he’d be rolling over in his grave.