15 Nov 2018

New House Armed Services Committee Chairman aims to scrap Trump’s nuclear weapons policy

The new Democrat Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee has announced hopes of changing the Trump Administration’s nuclear weapons policies, specifically a rewriting of the Nuclear Posture Review, the continuation of multilateral nuclear pacts, and the clear commitment to a no-first-use policy. While the additional seats in the House

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15 Nov 2018

Price tag of the ‘war on terror’ will top $6 trillion soon

“The price tag of the ongoing ‘war on terror’ in the Middle East will likely top $6 trillion next year, and will reach $7 trillion if the conflicts continue into the early 2020s, according to a new report out Wednesday. The annual Costs of War project report, from the Watson

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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 Researchers Test ‘Worst-Case Scenario’ Attack on U.S. Power Grid

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency 7-day exercise that took place earlier this month saw over 100 cyber specialists gathering on Plumb Island, a federal research facility off of New York’s Long Island, to respond to a fictional cyber attack against the power grid. DARPA researchers were able to segregate

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14 Nov 2018

China’s as-yet unveiled stealth bomber could alter US defense calculus in Pacific

China’s upcoming response to the American B-2 bomber, two decades in the making, may alter U.S. military defense posture in the pacific region, according to analysts. Discussing the bomber, a senior fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies emphasized that the bomber was a part of a larger modernization

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14 Nov 2018

Property bubble fears rise as China struggles with trade war

Concerns over the highest vacancy rate in the world and a cooling economy dealing with a trade war has sparked concerns of an impending bubble in the Chinese housing market. A recent report from China’s largest state-backed investment banks has forecasted that 2019 could be a “year of recession” in

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14 Nov 2018

Iran prepares cryptocurrency as US cuts SWIFT services

Iranian access to the SWIFT financial system has now been cut off as part of US sanctions against the regime. While the SWIFT system is supposed to be an independent entity, the US has demonstrated its influence and control over it in this instance, leading critics to more actively support

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13 Nov 2018

Young Activists Go Missing in China, Raising Fears of Crackdown

“At least a dozen young activists who took part in a national campaign for workers’ rights in China are missing, friends said on Sunday, in what appeared to be an effort by the government to silence one of the most visible student protests in years. Unidentified men in at least

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13 Nov 2018

A New Congress Brings New Tech Priorities and Increased Oversight

The new Democratic majority in Congress will likely have an impact on the continued development of cyber and tech policy. Areas that will likely see increased attention include privacy, oversight, and the new vacancy for the top Democrat place in the Senate’s Homeland Security Committee. Regarding privacy, the topic may

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12 Nov 2018

US tells China to remove missile systems in South China Sea

“China has been warned by the United States to dismantle its missile systems shield deployed in the disputed Spratly Islands chain in the South China Sea. The move, believed to be the first time Washington has directly addressed the issue, came in a statement following high-level talks at last week’s

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