19 Oct 2018

3 Years After Attacks on Ukraine Power Grid, BlackEnergy Successor Poses Growing Threat

Researchers are calling “GreyEnergy,” an offshoot of the BlackEnergy group that conducted a massive cyberattack on the Ukrainian power grid in 2015, an emerging threat to the Central and Eastern European power grid. Security firm ESET has released a report describing the group’s activities as focused on reconnaissance and espionage

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18 Oct 2018

Oil’s Most Dangerous Black Markets

“Much production is in volatile regions, and it comes as little surprise that production and trade in crude oil and refined petroleum products have produced a flourishing illicit market that presents socioeconomic, geopolitical, and environmental challenges, including deterioration of the rule of law. Oil is still the world’s leading energy

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16 Oct 2018

The answer to battlefield logistics problems could be IoT

“Global investment in the internet of things, or IoT, will top $15 trillion by 2025, according to analysts at Business Insider. The Defense Logistics Agency estimates more than 20 billion IoT devices will be in use by 2020 in homes, businesses and government, and the agency sees a military opportunity

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16 Oct 2018

NATO’s rapid reaction force coming into its own as an interoperability testbed

“NATO’s growing deterrence posture is pushing the allies’ interoperability problems to the fore in ways not seen since the Cold War years, but with a twist. It is less a matter of corps-to-corps identification of issues between the allies and more about what works or does not work in very

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16 Oct 2018

Reported L3, Harris merger would create seventh largest defense firm in the world

“A reported merger between L3 and Harris would create the seventh-largest defense company in the world, one which could become a prohibitive favorite for military communication contracts coming from the Pentagon. The potential deal, first reported Saturday by the Wall Street Journal, would be positioned as a merger of two

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12 Oct 2018

All US F-35s grounded worldwide

“The Pentagon announced Thursday it is grounding its entire fleet of F-35s, just days after the first crash of an F-35B led investigators to suspect there is a widespread problem with the advanced fighter’s fuel tubes. ‘The U.S. Services and international partners have temporarily suspended F-35 flight operations while the

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12 Oct 2018

Here’s the US Army’s New Russia-Era Shopping List

“Russia’s invasion of Ukraine forced the U.S. Army to rethink its needs, from better cyber security to longer-ranged artillery cannons, according to the commander of the service’s new Futures Command. ‘That was kind of the wake-up call in terms of the capabilities that the Russians had been developing since about the

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12 Oct 2018

A Look at Northrop Grumman’s Anti-UAV Defense System on Sale to the US Military

The government and the defense industry is working hard to develop anti-drone technology to keep up with the threats posed by drones, from the large and expensive types launched from airports to the small and inexpensive quadrocopters smaller than many birds. So far, however, there is no perfect technology. Northrop

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10 Oct 2018

GAO: Vulnerabilities Plague ‘Entire Generation’ of U.S. Weapons Systems

A recently-issued report from the Government Accountability Office indicates that U.S. weapons systems are full of cybersecurity vulnerabilities that could allow adversaries to shut them down or control them. “From 2012-2017, DoD testers routinely found mission-critical cyber vulnerabilities in nearly all weapons systems that were under development.” The report listed

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10 Oct 2018

The Pentagon doesn’t know how much it is spending on AI

“Before the Pentagon can hold artificial intelligence accountable, it will have to find it. Auditing the Department of Defense is a daunting task to begin with, and trying to figure out within that budget the full scale of existing spending on AI likely requires the audit as a prerequisite. At

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