04 May 2018

A warrior goes to China: Did Erik Prince cross a line?

“s China presses its ‘Silk Road’ strategy, a $1 trillion effort to extend its political and economic influence across Asia and into Europe and Africa, security has become a vital concern. And the role of private security companies was changing, especially after a 2010 law nudged those companies — a relatively

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04 Jan 2018

The $100 Billion Venture Capital Bomb

“Masayoshi Son — Masa to those who know him — famously thinks in decades, not years. At 19 he sat down and wrote his life plan, which stipulated that by 60, his current age, he would begin looking for a successor. (He now says that he’s not ready to take

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18 Sep 2017

Northrop Grumman approaching deal for $7.5B purchase of Orbital ATK

“Northrop Grumman is reportedly closing in on a deal to purchase Orbital ATK for more than $7.5 billion, a move that could greatly expand Northrop’s portfolio in space and missiles.” Source: Northrop Grumman approaching deal for $7.5B purchase of Orbital ATK

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23 Jul 2017

Blackstone in talks to buy 40 pct of Israel cyber firm NSO

“NSO has come under international scrutiny in recent months amid allegations the Mexican government has used NSO’s Pegasus mobile spyware to target private citizens. Cyber researchers with Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs said last month the Mexican government tried to install Pegasus software

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12 Jul 2017

DoD sends industry its cyber wish list

“The Pentagon’s Department of Defense, Rapid Reaction Technology Office, which looks to develop prototypes and host technology demonstrations to counter emerging and anticipated threats, has issued a special notice to industry this week announcing its intention to conduct a solutions meeting to support the Cyber Science and Technology Community of

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28 Jun 2017

German firms link up to tackle emerging counter-drone market

“Three German companies made their joint debut at the Paris Air Show to present a counter-drone system designed to foil anything from explosive-laden aerial robots to protecting against corporate espionage from the skies. “ Source: German firms link up to tackle emerging counter-drone market

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04 Mar 2017

Building a Resilient Global Enterprise Inspired by Biology

“Biology can provide some inspiration. Biological systems, which have evolved the property of resilience on multiple timescales, offer valuable lessons on how to manage under extreme uncertainty. In our work with mathematical ecologist and National Medal of Science recipient Simon Levin of Princeton University, we have observed that resilient biological

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10 Feb 2017

Cybersecurity venture funding fell in 2016

“Venture capital firms invested roughly $3.1 billion into a record 279 cybersecurity companies last year, according to research published by CB Insights on Thursday. That figure represents a $600 million drop from 2015 to 2016. From an industry standpoint, 2016 also saw a decrease in exits — otherwise known as

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19 Dec 2016

Trump private security force ‘playing with fire’

“President-elect Donald Trump has continued employing a private security and intelligence team at his victory rallies, and he is expected to keep at least some members of the team after he becomes president, according to people familiar with the plans. The arrangement represents a major break from tradition. All modern

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27 Oct 2016

Qualcomm to buy NXP Semiconductors for about $47 billion including debt

“Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) said on Thursday it agreed to buy NXP Semiconductors NV (NXPI.O) for about $47 billion, including debt, as it seeks to expand the reach of its chips from phones to cars. The deal would make Qualcomm, which supplies chips to Android smartphone makers and Apple Inc (AAPL.O),

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