27 Mar 2018

The New Red Atlas is You

During the Cold War, the Soviet Union engaged in a detailed clandestine urban mapping project designed to develop detailed cartographic material for major United States cities. These efforts are detailed in the book “The Red Atlas: How the Soviet Union Secretly Mapped the World”. As we’ve clearly entered into Cold

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20 Jan 2018

What did Cybersecurity and Cyberwar look like in 1999?

Think all these news stories you are reading about cybersecurity, cyberwar, and cyberconflict are breaking new ground? It is worth taking a read through the several hundred entries meticulously compiled in Mich Kabay’s 1999 Infosec Year in Review which I recently found on an old drive while searching for other

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05 Jan 2018

The Two AI Books Chinese President Xi Jinping is Reading

China’s president Xi Jinping further signaled his interest in having China emerge as a dominant artificial intelligence power with the placement of two AI books on his bookshelf during his New Year’s Eve address to the nation. The two books featured on the president’s bookshelf were The Master Algorithm by Pedro

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10 Dec 2017

Trump: Accidental Nuclear Genius?

Love him or hate him, when it comes to North Korea, Trump just may be frustratingly suited for nuclear negotiations. Unpredictability, emotional outbursts, irrationality, and other descriptors that have been applied to the sitting president are likely qualities a president should not have in general. According to Cold War-era nuclear

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08 Dec 2017

Best Security, Business, and Technology Books of 2017

In looking at advances in technology over the past year, I’m reminded of the Lenin quote “There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.” It seems that to make the most sense of the top security and business trends you need to have a keen

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30 May 2017

Breaking the Mirror: South China Sea Policy Revisited

Series Introduction The current administration has a unique opportunity to reorient the United States’ strategic approach toward China and the South China Sea conflict, placing the U.S. and its allies on a path to an ideal resolution. To achieve this end, the US should replace the recent reactive, myopic, and

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30 Mar 2017

Iranian Presidential Elections: Suppressing Dissension through Cyber

Introduction During the next months leading up to Iran’s Presidential elections on 17 May, Iranians will see an increase in cyber espionage leveraged against their systems and accounts. This increase will especially target politically active citizens as well as prolific and politically vocal Iranian-Americans abroad. These attempts by Iran’s intelligence

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27 Feb 2017

Top 10 Security and Intelligence Stories of 2016

According to the logs for OODAloop.com, here are the top stories from 2016 ranked by number of page views. #1: 10 Red Teaming Lessons Learned over 20 Years by Matt Devost #2: Best Security, Business, and Technology Books of 2016 by Matt Devost #3: The Red Teamers Top Ten Books

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21 Feb 2017

The 2017 Red Teamer’s Bookshelf

“It’s been a couple of months since we first announced that Red Team Journal, Redteams.net, and OODALoop would be compiling the latest ‘Red Teamer’s Bookshelf’ jointly. For those of you who’ve been waiting, the list is finally here. It’s larger than previous years, so we’ve organized the titles by category

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09 Feb 2017

DHS report on how terrorists will target sporting events

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued an intelligence assessment (dated 2 February 2017) on the potential techniques and tactics that terrorists could use to target sporting events. The report is based upon detailed analysis of sporting event attacks overseas. The report’s key judgements note that: “Five separate

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