15 Nov 2018

These Companies Are Pitching AI to the U.S. Military

“While Silicon Valley workers continue to protest their employers selling artificial intelligence products to the U.S. military, the U.S. military is still looking to spend money on AI. The Army Research Lab, the Project Maven team, and the Defense Department’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center will host technology companies later this month in

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15 Nov 2018

German prosecutors charge Chinese-born engineer in industrial espionage case

Prosecutors in Germany are charging a Chinese-born German national for stealing trade secrets in connection with his former position with chemicals firm Lanxess. German intelligence has warned firms that China may seek to uncover and export trade secrets and that it can be difficult to tell the difference betweens state

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14 Nov 2018

Pentagon to boost laser investments for missile defense

“The U.S. Defense Department is planning to increase investments in directed-energy systems used for missile defense over the next several budget cycles, according to the department’s top technology adviser. Michael Griffin, undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, said Tuesday he expects to have usable directed-energy weaponry in the hands

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14 Nov 2018

US Air Force moves to fortify F-35 weak points against hacking

“The U.S. Air Force is devoting fresh energy to plugging cybersecurity holes in the F-35’s external support systems, as they are deemed the easiest entry points for hackers into the fifth-generation combat jet, according to a key service official. ‘It’s a software-based aircraft, and any software-based platform is going to

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13 Nov 2018

Rust Costs the Pentagon $21 Billion Per Year

“Rust costs the Pentagon more money annually than many of its most expensive weapons systems—up to $21 billion per year, according to a Defense Department-commissioned audit. The report indicates the corrosion of metals that make up modern weapons systems like fighter jets, ships, ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons can sometimes

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12 Nov 2018

DOD file sharing tool disabled due to vulnerability

“Department of Defense leaders have disabled a secure file sharing system due to security risks and have not set a date to reinstate the technology. The Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center Safe Access File Exchange, or AMRDEC SAFE site was disabled as a preventative measure after

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09 Nov 2018

China’s Beating the US to Market on Combat Drones, By Copying US Technology

China recently unveiled a new combat drone that matches many components and design elements of a U.S. drone that was developed and then shelved in 2015. Experts have said that, through the Chinese CH-7, “China has once again demonstrated its ability, at least in form, to replicate U.S. drone designs…While

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08 Nov 2018

New watchdog report decries ‘revolving door’ between the Pentagon and defense contractors

A new report from the Project on Government Oversight found that there were “645 instances of the top 20 defense contractors in fiscal year 2016 hiring former senior government officials, military officers, members of Congress, and senior legislative staff as lobbyists, board members, or senior executives.” The top six defense

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02 Nov 2018

Iran Sanctions Kick In, With Biggest Oil Disruption in Years

“Midnight on Sunday will mark a dividing line in the world of oil. Beyond that point, anyone unloading a tanker from Iran risks the full wrath of the U.S. government. The Middle East’s third-biggest oil producer has already seen many buyers flee, with sales tumbling 37 percent since President Donald

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31 Oct 2018

U.S. charges Chinese intelligence officers for jet engine data hack

“Chinese intelligence officers conspired with hackers and company insiders to break into private companies’ computer systems and steal information on a turbo fan engine used in commercial jetliners, according to a U.S. indictment unsealed on Tuesday. The indictment said that at the time of the hacks, a Chinese-state owned aerospace

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