11 Nov 2022

The Successful Public/Private Policy Research Collaboration Behind “The Satellite Dashboard”

In light of our recent recommendations regarding the CSET China AI Watchboard and the potential of public/private policy research collaborations within the policy research community in general, we found this recent successful public-private partnership in the space policy domain really interesting and worth a look: The Satellite Dashboard is a collaboration between the Secure World Foundation (SWF), the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at the University of Texas at Austin.

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11 Nov 2022

FCC Proposes New “Space Bureau” to Meet the Challenges of Commercial Space

On November 3, 2022, at the National Press Club in Washington D.C., Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced a plan to reorganize the agency to better support the needs of the growing satellite industry, promote long-term technical capacity at the FCC, and navigate 21st-century global communications policy.

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09 Nov 2022

Now Available on Demand: China’s AI Workforce – Demand for AI Talent in a Global Marketplace

In our recent analysis of CSET’s research on China’s Advanced AI Research, we applauded the efforts of the CSET China AI Watchboard pilot program. OODA Loop is all about pattern recognition, sensemaking, risk awareness, and informing decision-making processes – and the pilot project has great potential for innovation. We also offered insights on the potential of public/private policy research collaborations.  These insights were not designed to single out the CSET researchers and the CSET China AI pilot program – but were directed to the policy research community in general. In light of our recommendations, we were really pleased to see this CSET in-person and virtual event (held this week, Thursday, November 10th at 4 pm EST) includes a collaboration with AMPLYFI, a UK-based startup that offers what it describes as an “Insights Automation Platform”. This event is now available on demand online here via OODA Loop.

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08 Nov 2022

DARPA Research on Cryptocurrency and National Security Risks

About the OODA Loop Series on Global Crypto and Digital Currency Initiatives

In previous posts, we have provided an analysis of crypto and digital currency initiatives in Pakistan, Vietnam, Colombia, China, El Salvador, Panama, Ukraine, India, Argentina, and Russia. Our most recent post in the series was an overview of U.S. Crypto, Digital Assets, and National Security Policy.

We now turn to the “Deep Tech” and the defense innovation community in the United States to evaluate the approach the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is taking on research into the crypto implications of national security.  

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07 Nov 2022

The Chips Act and Intel Corp. in Q422: the Mobileye IPO, Intel Foundry Services, the Silicon Heartland and Enabling National Security Applications

As we race towards the end of the 2022 calendar year, the following is a Q422 tracking and sensemaking post organized as a case study of Intel Corp., informed by the 2021 OODA Loop Stratigame – Scenario Planning for Global Computer Chip Supply Chain Disruption – and OODA Loop tracking, research, and analysis of the implementation phase of the recently passed Chips and Science Act of 2022.

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04 Nov 2022

DHS National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin: Summary of Terrorism Threat to the United States (June 7 – November 30, 2022)

The United States remains in a heightened threat environment and several recent attacks have highlighted the dynamic and complex nature of the threat environment. We expect the threat environment to become more dynamic as several high-profile events could be exploited to justify acts of violence against a range of possible targets. Threat actors have recently mobilized to violence due to factors such as personal grievances, reactions to current events, and adherence to violent extremist ideologies, including racially or ethnically motivated or anti-government/anti-authority violent extremism.  Foreign adversaries—including terrorist organizations and nation-state adversaries—also remain intent on exploiting the threat environment to promote or inspire violence, sow discord, or undermine U.S. democratic institutions.

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04 Nov 2022

The FBI and CISA on Information Manipulation Tactics for 2022 Midterm Elections

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and CISA have published a joint public service announcement that: Describes methods that foreign actors use to spread and amplify false information—including reports of alleged malicious cyber activity—in attempts to undermine trust in election infrastructure; and confirms “the FBI and CISA have no information suggesting any cyber activity against U.S. election infrastructure has impacted the accuracy of voter registration information, prevented a registered voter from casting a ballot, or compromised the integrity of any ballots cast.” The PSA also describes the extensive safeguards in place to protect election infrastructure and includes recommendations to assist the public in understanding how to find trustworthy sources of election-related information.

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03 Nov 2022

FBI AND CISA Public Service Announcement: Malicious Cyber Activity Against Election Infrastructure Unlikely to Disrupt or Prevent Voting

The  Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and CISA have published a joint public service announcement that: Assesses malicious cyber activity aiming to compromise election infrastructure is unlikely to result in large-scale disruptions or prevent voting; and confirms “the FBI and CISA have no reporting to suggest cyber activity has ever prevented a registered voter from casting a ballot, compromised the integrity of any ballots cast, or affected the accuracy of voter registration information.” The PSA also describes the extensive safeguards in place to protect election infrastructure and includes recommendations for protecting against election-related cyber threats.

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03 Nov 2022

Available on Demand: OODA CTO Bob Gourley Chats with Simply Cyber on Cracking the Original APT

Available on Demand: OODA CTO Bob Gourley Chats with Simply Cyber on “Cracking the Original APT”.

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02 Nov 2022

Razor’s Edge Ventures, National Security Investment and the Future of American Competitiveness

As OODA CEO Matt Devost mentioned at OODAcon 2022,  Razor’s Edge Ventures recently made a commitment to national security investment to enhance American competitiveness by closing on a fund dedicated to “current technology areas of interest for the firm, which are informed by strategic U.S. national security priorities, [such as] autonomous systems, space technologies, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence/machine learning, digital signal processing, and other aerospace and defense technologies.” The venture capital community is focusing its efforts on this sector, which has been formatively dubbed the “defense-related technologies” or “defense capabilities” sector.   Razor’s Edge efforts are very similar to that of America’s Frontier Fund (AFF). As AFF Co-founder and President Jordan Blashek notes:  “China invests for power, whereas the United States invests for profit. Success for America’s Frontier Fund is to do both.”

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