NASA scientists recently published a study exploring the climate impacts on global agriculture scenarios. According to the high greenhouse gas emissions scenario from the report, by 2030 climate change may have a quantifiable impact on the production of maize (corn) and wheat. Global agriculture is facing a new climate reality. And with the interconnectedness of the global food system, impacts in even one region’s breadbasket will be felt worldwide. The NASA scientists also highlight in the study that these projections and subsequent scenarios are based on a new generation of climate and crop models.
On 10 November 2021, OODA Network members participated in a network only salon focused on the topic of build vs buy in the federal ecosystem. Members can view the video here.
In the age of great power competition, the need for government to be able to tap into commercial innovation has never been greater. But it can be hard for government decision-makers to know when it is best to leverage existing commercial capabilities or to hire defense integrators or use internal staff to create their own solutions. Questions of building vs buying have been around for decades. Numerous high level studies exist on this topic, incudling many by the Defense Science Board and the congressionally mandated Software Acquisition and Practices (SWAP) study. This is not a topic with simple answers. But now more than ever it is one that is important to keep pushing on.
Meta Platforms’ Facebook will Remove Detailed Ad Targeting Options; The Filter Bubble Transparency Act Pending in Congress
There have been two major developments on the “disinformation and influence campaign” front. First, Meta Platforms just announced that they will be removing certain ad targeting options and expanding ad controls. Second, the House this week introduced the Filter Bubble Transparency Act, which “would require large-scale platforms to allow those users to consume information outside of a potential manipulation zone or filter bubble.”
Russians and Chinese using human targeting – amongst other tools- to achieve security advantage in key emerging technologies by 2030
In late October, The National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) issued a report warning of China’s goal to achieve a technological advantage over the U.S. in certain key emerging technologies. Beijing’s long-term goal is a strategic advantage over the U.S. and its security interests by 2030 in areas such as biotechnology, genomic technology, artificial intelligence, and semiconductors. Russia is making strides in this direction as well, but is constrained by resources and has not made the level of commitment as the Chinese. Human targeting is highlighted as a tool used prolifically by the Chinese.
On August 22, 2021, the “new” ransomware group Groove emerged on a nascent but fairly exclusive Russian-language DarkNet cybercrime forum. Groove was around for two years focusing their activities on financially motivated industrial espionage. However, what garnered substantial attention was Groove’s call to arms – calling on other extortion groups to attack U.S. interests after law enforcement shut down the group’s operations after an unknown entity hijacked their DarkNet domains. In the end, Groove proved to be an instructional disinformation hoax.
On 27 Oct 2021 OODA Network members participated in a network only salon focused on an examination of global geopolitical risks and mitigation strategies. This session provided members with an update that flowed from the OODA C-Suite Report and provided an opportunity for all present to provide inputs on areas of interest that OODA analysts should be prioritizing for the community.
Are we living in a super-VUCA world (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous). To help members optimize opportunities and reduce risk in this VUCA world, OODA hosts a monthly video call to discuss items of common interest to our membership. These highly collaborative sessions are always a great way for our members to meet and interact with each other while talking about topics like global risks, emerging technologies, cybersecurity, and current or future events impacting their organizations. We also use these sessions to help better focus our research and reporting on member needs.
Microsoft officials have warned that Russia’s intelligence apparatus has been engaged in another campaign to gain unauthorized access into thousands of U.S. government, corporate, and think tank networks. The ongoing cyber-espionage campaign appears to be focused on acquiring data that is stored in the cloud.
The activity further underscores Russia’s intent to target and compromise any entity that it feels vital to supporting its intelligence interests. The target list may be expansive, as a recent Microsoft report claimed more than half of nation-state attacks detected by the company have come from Russia.
Brain-inspired, Light-enabled, Circuit-fueled: Neuromorphic Computing Innovation, Intel’s Chip Platform and Open-Source Developer Ecosystem
Innovation in “semiconductor computational capability, resources and size, weight, and power consumption (SWaP)” is the centerpiece of the five-year, $1.5 billion DARPA Electronics Resurgence Initiative and the $52 billion 2021 CHIPS Act.
Computing architectures drawing inspiration from biological neural systems have been considered for decades. Here is the latest on neuromorphic computing and how the technology fits into the innovation economy.
Alan Cohen is a partner at DCVC, a highly regarded venture capital firm who pioneered the concept of investing in Deep Tech. He has helped lead and grow some of the most influential enterprise IT companies in the world. We talk tech with Alan, and he is the perfect guy to examine some of the more exciting breakthroughs being achieved through Deep Tech investing. But were pleased to learn his foundational story was not in a high tech field. He was an avid reader as a child and for his education pursued an English undergraduate and then completed a Master of Arts in English. In our discussion it becomes clear his love for a good narrative story paid off in his ability to seek out the deeper meaning of tech and express its impact in the language of business decision-makers.