08 Oct 2016

At Booz Allen, a Vast U.S. Spy Operation, Run for Private Profit

“Booz Allen, a consulting firm that earns billions of dollars by working for American intelligence agencies, has been called the world’s most profitable spy organization. News this week of Mr. Martin’s arrest in August could renew scrutiny of the firm’s operations and, more broadly, the lucrative contracting business that American

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07 Oct 2016

Indian Army in Global Hunt for Assault Rifles, Endangering Excalibur

“India has begun a global hunt to buy 185,000 7.62x51mm-caliber assault rifles, with more than $1 billion set aside for acquisition project, putting into question the fate of the homegrown assault rifle Excalibur, which is still in development by the state-owned Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO).” Source: Indian Army

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05 Oct 2016

The Fight to Modernize the Nuclear Cruise Missile

“The Pentagon says it needs to develop a new nuclear capable cruise missile. But critics in Congress — and now Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton — question whether the program is necessary.” Source: The Fight to Modernize the Nuclear Cruise Missile

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05 Oct 2016

Armed Drone Export Standards Sought by U.S. and Dozens of Allies

“The Obama administration is working with as many as 40 nations to develop principles for the export of armed drones — and unarmed versions configured to carry weapons — in recognition of the booming demand worldwide for pilotless aircraft.” Source: Armed Drone Export Standards Sought by U.S. and Dozens of

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19 Jul 2016

Is the Future of Cybersecurity in M&A?

“In 2015, Cybersecurity startups saw 332 funding deals with investments hitting the highest ever at $3.8 billion (235 percent growth over 5 years). New funds have been raised dedicated to this segment. What we’ve also seen is the increase in M&A. For 2015, there were 133 information security M&A deals,

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29 Jun 2016

Insecurity for Cybersecurity

“But now the cybersecurity industry has reached a critical crossroads. The industry’s relative newcomers such as FireEye and Bromium are under pressure to prove they can be lasting winners or sell out as the fragmented industry gives way to consolidation. Members of the computer security old guard including Symantec, meanwhile, are scrambling

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08 Jun 2016

Military Contractor Formerly Named Blackwater May Be for Sale for $1B

“Constellis Holdings, the owner of the U.S. military security services business formerly known as Blackwater, is exploring a sale it hopes will value the company at as much as $1 billion, including debt, according to people familiar with the matter. The sale process will test, both financially and reputationally, the

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24 May 2016

State Dept Chooses 7 for New Worldwide Protective Services Contract

“Seven companies have been awarded spots on a potential five-year, multibillion-dollar contract to help protect State Department facilities and personnel based in high-threat areas globally.” Source: State Dept Chooses 7 for New Worldwide Protective Services Contract

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20 May 2016

Palantir losing key clients and employees

“Over the last 13 months, at least three top-tier corporate clients have walked away, including Coca-Cola, American Express, and Nasdaq, according to internal documents. Palantir mines data to help companies make more money, but clients have balked at its high prices that can exceed $1 million per month, expressed doubts

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25 Apr 2016

Erik Prince and World of Mercenaries

“What Balderas didn’t mention in his two and a half hours before the commission—what the Panama Papers now reveal—was that, just weeks prior, Triple Canopy had acquired Edinburgh International, a Dubai-based military contractor, operating out of a suite of offshore companies in the British Virgin Islands, registered for a time

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