21 Sep 2018

Dedicated drone tracker can now detect swarming robots

Drone swarms pose unique problems to defenders that are not solvable using traditional anti-aircraft measures designed for single, large crafts. Responding to these unique problems, the Pentagon is developing new defenses that specifically track the crafts and plot their courses. Detection and mapping is the first step along the path

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20 Sep 2018

State Dept: Worldwide terrorist attacks decreased by 23% in 2017

Terror attacks around the world decreased by 23% from 2016 to 2017, while the total number of deaths from terrorist attacks decreased by 27%, according to the head of the U.S. State Department’s counterterrorism office. This overall trend was largely driven by U.S. successes in Iraq, where terrorist attacks plunged

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20 Sep 2018

US Names Iran Leading State Sponsor Of Terrorism

The US State Department, in its annual report on global terrorism, has named Iran the leading state sponsor of terrorism that reaches nearly every continent. From fundraising networks in West Africa, weapons depots in South America, and activity across Western countries, the state “has no reservations about using [terrorism] on

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20 Sep 2018

DHS Seeking More Data to Help Stop Bioterrorism

DHS’s National Biosurveillance Integration Center has issued a request for information for the purpose of improving its connection to relevant databases that would “improve its capability for biothreat awareness, detection, and information sharing to respond to incidents that may cascade into a nationally significant event.” The threats named in the

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20 Sep 2018

DoD releases first new cyber strategy in three years

The Department of Defense has released its first new cyber strategy document since 2015. The document affirms that the U.S. “cannot afford inaction,” and that U.S. cyber operations must more “amplify military lethality and effectiveness” more offensively. Defense officials conducted a review of the department’s cyber capabilities and strategy that

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19 Sep 2018

State Department Confirms Email Data Breach

“The State Department detected unusual activity in its unclassified email system that may have compromised some employees’ personal information, a department spokesperson confirmed to Nextgov Tuesday. The ‘activity of concern’ affected less than 1 percent of State employee email inboxes, the spokesperson said. There’s no evidence of unusual activity affected

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19 Sep 2018

Drone assassins are cheap, deadly and available in your local store

Drone technology has increased by leaps and bounds over recent years, with the capabilities and possibilities they offer to terrorists and other actors increasing behind it. The number of instances in which cheap off-the-shelf drones have been used to deliver deadly payloads and bypass security systems designed for different aerial

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19 Sep 2018

Sierra Leone ‘cartel’ of government employees ran passport scam for US visas

Sierra Leone’s anti-corruption commission has announced several arrests in connection to a network providing fraudulent diplomatic passports for entry into the United States and elsewhere. In this group was the country’s former ambassador to the UN and several other foreign ministry and immigration department employees. The U.S. had restricted visas

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18 Sep 2018

US agencies see alliance between North Korean, Chinese hackers

“At a time when Washington is cautiously hopeful of a breakthrough in its long-troubled relations with Pyongyang, senior US officials are making strong allegations about the regime’s cyber crimes.In early September, The US Justice Department published a criminal complaint against a North Korean citizen for conspiracy to ‘conduct multiple destructive

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18 Sep 2018

Air Force calls for 74 more squadrons to prepare for possibility of war against major power

The Air Force is seeking a 24% increase in squadrons by 2030 to equip it to fight a peer adversary and win while also defending U.S. soil, serving as a nuclear deterrent, fight secondary wars against other that would use a major war to their advantage, and continue the fight

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