01 Aug 2018

In Soviet echo, Putin gives Russian army a political wing

In a presidential decree, Putin established a new directorate within the military that will be responsible for “military-patriotic” affairs, including that of the country’s military youth organization. The army has become increasingly influential in political affairs since the 2014 annexation of Crimea, and the new directorate harkens back to a

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01 Aug 2018

Facebook finds new ‘sophisticated’ efforts to disrupt elections

Facebook announced the discovery of “sophisticated” efforts to influence U.S. politics and elections on both its Facebook and Instagram platforms. The company deleted 32 of the connected accounts, which boasted around 300,000 followers. While Facebook did not specify whether or not Russia was behind the efforts, one top Democrat on

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01 Aug 2018

U.S. Navy dolphins hunt mines during exercise

The U.S. Navy uses both dolphins and sea lions to detect mines, lost objects, and enemy swimmers. Its force of dolphins, it’s “Mark 7 Marine Mammal Systems,” were recently part of a multinational naval exercise, where they locate and mark mines, which are in turn disposed of my human personnel. 

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31 Jul 2018

North Korea working on new missiles despite denuclearization pledge

New satellite imagery show new activity at missile production sites in North Korea, according to unnamed officials. This evidence would run counter to President Trump’s insistence since his summit with North Korean leader Kim that “there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea.”  Source: North Korea working on

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31 Jul 2018

Identity theft protection service accidentally exposes identities

A website bug was responsible for exposing millions of email addresses belonging to customers of LifeLock, an identity protection service acquired by Symantec in 2016 for $2.3 billion.  Source: Identity Theft Protection Service Accidentally Exposes Identities – Nextgov

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31 Jul 2018

Satellite Imagery + Social Media = A New Way to Spot Emerging Nuclear Threats

Researchers from NC State University, funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration, are combining satellite and social media data to develop new ways to confirm satellite data using geotagged social media posts and visa versa. Its applicability will be limited, however, in countries with

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31 Jul 2018

Japan signs $1.2 billion deal with Lockheed Martin to bolster missile defense systems

Japan is adding to its missile defense capabilities with the selection of Lockheed Martin to provide a $1.2 billion radar array that will support its growing missile defense capacity.  Source: Japan is ready to ink a $1.2 billion contract with Lockheed Martin for missile defense systems

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31 Jul 2018

New powers make Erdogan the sole decision-maker on Russian S-400 deal

Turkey’s June elections passed sweeping changes to the power of its executive leadership, placing “nearly limitless” powers in the hands of President Erdogan. Erdogan is now the sole authority who will decide whether the country inks a deal for a missile defense system with Russia, or whether they will reject

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31 Jul 2018

Report: Revive Cold War Contacts to Stop Spread of Nuclear Weapons

A new report from the International Institute for Strategic Studies argues that the U.S. and Russia should restore their Cold War-era anti-proliferation cooperation and communication channels to reduce the ongoing threat of nuclear proliferation. The report uses freshly declassified documents to track how these channels supported anti-proliferation measures around the

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31 Jul 2018

Iran mass producing a reverse-engineered American missile

Iran is mass producing a long-range, air-to-air missile that was reverse engineered from what was once the main armament of U.S. F-14 fighter jets from 1974 before being retired in 2004. The U.S. sold extensive arsenals of weapons to the Shah of Iran before his deposition. The new government has

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