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This is neither the time nor the place for pragmatism and logic. If you can't bring an inflexible ideology based on fear and ignorance to the table, nobody's going to listen to you.
Sure a lot of other things are important, but saying there's a shortage is just admitting you're not paying what the job's worth. If a good CEO is worth $1M, then a superb and highly productive engineer is certainly worth that. But you won't be finding many engineers paid better than "well".
If you're looking for individuals with superhero skills, then maybe you're looking for a single person when you should give up and hire several, each with superb skills in a certain area. After all, if a leader is worth the pay, they should be able to get the individuals to function as a team.
Another option is to try to identify those with potential and train them, then do whatever it takes to keep them. Again, pay well and offer those less tangible benefits. Not being willing to train people is just admitting that you don't expect to need them for the long term or don't plan to pay them enough later to stay.
25km? So I can't fly over the Potomac just upstream of DC? That's a bit ridiculous.
A small drone as a significant risk to the White House? Not. A sniper or a rocket attack on Marine One would be more likely. They acknowledge it, but I think they play down the sniper risk to keep from giving more crazy people ideas.