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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10 Oct 2018

America sold $55.6 billion in weapons abroad in FY18 — a 33 percent jump

The U.S. has confirmed $55.6 billion in foreign military sales for fiscal year 2018, a 33% increase over 2017’s sales of $41.9 billion. The head of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced that the U.S. is maintaining this upwards projection. While defense spending year-to-year is volatile, largely depending on massive

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08 Oct 2018

Why the Department of Energy is worried about wind turbine hacking

Following Russian penetration of the U.S. power grid at a number of locations and levels, the U.S. is ramping up its cybersecurity technology for companies delivering energy around the country. As part of these efforts, the Department of Energy recently announced $28 million in research and development programs for power

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05 Oct 2018

Report: China Used Tiny Chips to Infiltrate the U.S. Supply Chain

“Tiny surveillance microchips, produced by Chinese company SuperMicro, were placed inside hardware within data centers used by Apple, Amazon and other large U.S. tech companies, Bloomberg reported on Thursday. The chips were allegedly used to gather information like trade secrets and intellectual property. According to the report, 30 U.S. companies were affected, but no consumer data was

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05 Oct 2018

U.S. indicts Russians in hacking of nuclear company Westinghouse

The US has charged seven Russian intelligence officers over a plot to hack computers and steal data from a nuclear energy company, anti-doping watchdogs, and sporting federations. These charges came only hours after the Netherlands announced the disruption of Russian hacking efforts against an international agency on chemical weapons that is

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04 Oct 2018

Israel Plans Anti-Missile Nano Satellite Constellation

“Israel is planning constellations of nano satellites, built by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), that will allow almost continuous coverage of ‘areas of interest,’ which are likely to include Iran, Syria, Lebanon and other countries. The first nano satellite was developed by IAI and was launched into space in 2017 as

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02 Oct 2018

Is informationalization the modern equivalent of industrialization? How the U.S. Should Respond to China’s Informatization Strategy

Is “informationalization” the modern equivalent of industrialization? Chinese President Xi Jinping thinks so. In the same way that industrialization reshaped the economic structure of human life and interactions around the world, “informationalization” is transforming everything from everyday consumer products to military capabilities. This War on the Rocks commentary tracks the

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