08 Aug 2018

US Navy’s Top Admiral Cites Increased Threat in Atlantic

“Chinese military vessels are now operating in the Northern Atlantic, and Russian submarines are prowling those same waters at a pace not seen since the end of the Cold War, the Navy’s top admiral told VOA in an exclusive interview. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson said China’s military

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08 Aug 2018

German cyberwarriors assert right to ‘hack back’ when attacked

“German authorities believe they are on firm legal footing to retaliate against cyber attacks by unleashing digital or conventional counterattacks, according to a series of recent written responses by government officials to lawmakers. The documents shed light on some of the legal considerations of cyber-warfare mulled in Berlin, just as

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08 Aug 2018

Why small cyberattacks on power systems more likely than a long-running blackout

“Attacks on American power systems are likely to be small and localized, according to a cybersecurity firm, casting doubt on the ability of a foreign power to take down broad swaths of U.S. electric systems at once. Given current technology it is not reasonable to expect an enemy to shut

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08 Aug 2018

Russia warns of ‘horrible conflict’ if Georgia joins NATO

“An attempt by NATO to incorporate the former Soviet republic of Georgia could trigger a new, ‘horrible’ conflict, Russia’s prime minister said Tuesday in a stern warning to the West marking 10 years since the Russia-Georgia war. Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview with the Kommersant daily broadcast by Russian

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08 Aug 2018

Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully tests rocket booster for hypersonic vehicle

“Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully completed two hot-fire tests of a rocket motor designed to boost an air-launched tactical glide hypersonic vehicle during its initial phase of flight…The difficulty in defending against hypersonic weapons has pushed the Pentagon into an arms race. Developing hypersonic weapons is the ‘highest technical priority’ for the

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08 Aug 2018

Mattis says peace talks with the Taliban are underway

“Secretary of Defense James Mattis said Tuesday that peace talks are underway to end the 17-year-old war in Afghanistan. ‘It is still early in that reconciliation process. I will have to give you an update to date as it matures,’ Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon on Tuesday. Mattis faced

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08 Aug 2018

F-35 secrets stolen from UK air force in ‘honeytrap plot’: report

“The Royal Air Force has confirmed that information about the UK’s highly sensitive F-35 fighter jet program has been leaked, The Daily Mail reported over the weekend. The report described an ‘audacious honeytrap plot,’ which saw an airwoman’s social-media account hacked and then used to ‘sweet-talk’ servicemen into revealing details about

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08 Aug 2018

Pending Executive Order to Move Entire Background Investigation Bureau to Pentagon

“The government’s head of background investigations is fully in favor of moving his office, staff and workload under the Defense Department, a shift that is expected to become official under an impending presidential executive order. Congress passed legislation last year requiring the National Background Investigations Bureau—part of the Office of

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07 Aug 2018

China Southern Power Grid buys share of European utility

“State-owned China Southern Power Grid has acquired a 25.48% stake in the Luxembourg utility company Encevo S.A., following its acquisition of a 27.8% stake in Chile’s largest transmission enterprise in March, The Paper reported. Encevo currently operates more than 10,150 km of transmission lines and more than 3,700 km of

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07 Aug 2018

Power Worth Less Than Zero Spreads as Green Energy Floods the Grid

“With wind and solar farms sprouting up in more areas — and their power getting priority to feed into the grid in many places — the amount of electricity being generated is outstripping demand during certain hours of the day. The result: power prices are slipping to zero or even

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