04 Jan 2022

The Next Phase of the DARPA Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI): The Joint University Microelectronics Program 2.0 (JUMP 2.0)

Last year, we offered an analysis of the DARPA track record of success with semiconductor innovation in collaboration with academia and the private sector, having seeded the field of neuromorphic computing from 2008-2014. This track record of public/private collaboration continues, as DARPA recently announced it has joined a “public-private partnership to address challenges facing microelectronics advancement.” The partnership, the Joint University Microelectronics Program 2.0 (JUMP 2.0), is the next phase of the DARPA Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI).

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04 Jan 2022

National Cognitive Infrastructure Protection:  What Can We Learn from the Swedish Psychological Defence Authority? 

In 2019, in what now reads like a strikingly prescient premonition, OODA CTO Bob Gourley penned a two-part series on the neglect of our national Cognitive Infrastructure, which includes the mental capacities of our citizens and the decision-making ability of people, organizations, and our government. It also includes the information channels used to feed our decision-making capabilities and the education and training systems used to prepare people and organizations for critical thinking. In the series, Bob discussed the efforts by the U.S. government in the 1990s to create a framework for “Critical Infrastructure Protection” when talking about manufacturing, dams, the energy sector, nuclear reactors, etc. But what about the protection of our critical cognitive infrastructure, which is threatened in ways few of us ever imagined just a few years ago? The Swedes offer an exemplary agency model.

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03 Jan 2022

Log4Shell Exploit Used in Cox Media Group Ransomware Attack Attributed to Iranian Hackers

In June of last year, Cox Media Group (CMG) IT systems and live streams were the targets of a ransomware attack. The Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) has attributed the attack to an Iranian threat actor, codenamed DEV-0270, a group linked to multiple intrusions of US companies. The attack is part of larger trends in Iranian hacker activity globally identified by the MSTIC. This attribution is also one of many Log4Shell vulnerability headlines of the last three weeks, as DEV-0270 (also known as Phosphorus) exploited Log4Shell in Log4j for initial access to the CMG systems. 

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30 Dec 2021

Top 10 OODAcasts Episodes of 2021

The following lists are comprised of the Top 10 OODAcasts for 2021 as determined by the number of page views.  We have included a Top 10 list for both the YouTube and audio podcast versions of the OODAcast library. 

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30 Dec 2021

2021 Year-End Review: Cybersecurity

2021 was marked by security professionals reacting to threats, incidents, and vulnerabilities of a previously unheard of frequency, volume and scale.  It was also a tipping point for cybersecurity efforts by the federal government and corporate IT.  We capture it all in this 2021 year-end review of cybersecurity.

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30 Dec 2021

2021 Year-end Review: Geopolitical Risk and Technology

This year was all about long-term geopolitical strategy propelled by technology-driven innovation and tactics.  In 2021, geopolitical risk and technology intersected in what feels like (forgive the overused descriptor but it is apropos here) an inflection point.  Geopolitics is already operating in a future state:  technology is now the clear exponential driver of tactical maneuvers for military and geographic competitive advantage – all the while referencing nationalistic, technology-focused strategic blueprints. 

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29 Dec 2021

Top 10 Original Analysis Posts of 2021

The following list is comprised of the Top 10 OODA Loop Original Analysis posts for 2021 as determined by the number of page views for each article.  We also included posts that are still popular, achieving a “Top 10” number of views, but were not published this year. 

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29 Dec 2021

2021 Year-end Review: Federal

A chronological review of highlights from a difficult and busy year for the Federal Government, including January 6th, the ongoing pandemic response, withdrawal from Kabul, and the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Federal efforts in AI and Cybersecurity, as well as critical infrastructure security and supply chain initiatives, are also addressed in this year-end review.

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28 Dec 2021

Top 10 News Briefs of 2021

The following list is comprised of the Top 10 OODA Loop News Briefs of 2021 as determined by the number of page views for each article.  If you value our analysis, please consider a subscription (click here). One hundred percent of the subscription goes towards the curation of our popular Daily Intelligence Report and original topical analysis.

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27 Dec 2021

Top 10 Sensemaking and Executive Guide Pages of 2021

It has been another interesting and dynamic year on the security and intelligence front and OODA Loop was there to cover it all.  The following list is comprised of the Top 10 Sensemaking and Member Resources Pages of 2021 as determined by the number of page views for each page.

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