16 Jan 2019

New DIA assessment warns China nears critical military milestone

A new assessment from the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) warns that China is approaching a critical military milestone. The milestone, however, is not some new “doomsday device,” but a mindset. What is this worrying mindset? It is the assessment that China’s various military branches are approaching the self-conception that they

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16 Jan 2019

The Transportation Department is Funding Autonomous Drones

The Department of Transportation’s Volpe National Transportation Systems Center is seeking vendors to develop A.I. tools for autonomous drones. It is also seeking to expand its understanding of ways in which autonomous vehicles could be hacked or manipulated by malicious actors. The solicitation is open only to vendors situated within

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14 Jan 2019

Delivering Security: A look at on of the oldest and smallest US law enforcement agencies

Founded over 100 years before the FBI, the U.S. Postal Inspection Services is one of the oldest, and perhaps the least well known, of the law enforcement services in the US. Tasked with securing the >149 billion pieces of mail shipped annually through the U.S. Postal Service, its network of

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11 Jan 2019

Poll: Nearly 3 in 4 Tech Workers in DC Would Consider Leaving Their Employer for Amazon

A recent survey highlights many of the problems facing the government tech sector, showing that 71% of the technology employees in the Northern Virginia, Southern Maryland, and Washington, D.C. areas would consider leaving their current job for a position at Amazon. The new Amazon location is expected to hire up

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10 Jan 2019

Secretary of the U.S. Air Force Emphasizes the Importance of Projecting Strength in the Arctic

Did you know that, by 2022, more advanced fighter jets will be based in Alaska than anywhere else in the world? “Whoever holds Alaska will hold the world,” declared a US general a few years before WWII and before the US conducted its first-ever mass airlift and aerial bombing operations

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10 Jan 2019

Pentagon Owns Fewer Buildings Than It Previously Thought: Audit

One of the discoveries of the recent military audit is that the Pentagon has significantly fewer buildings than what is listed in its books. This finding may change ongoing requests for base closures and other measures. In the Navy, the audit revealed that 6.5% of building infrastructure had been demolished

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10 Jan 2019

The past decade of war has eroded the decision-making confidence of young leaders, Army general says

Are the current conflicts in the Middle East teaching the next generation of US military leaders the wrong lessons? Future warfare requires flat hierarchies and mission-oriented tactics, rather than strict obedience to specific tactics provided “up the ladder.” The former commander of US Army Training and Doctrine Command has told

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09 Jan 2019

Shutdown Forces Feds Off the Conference Circuit

One potentially unexpected consequence of the ongoing shutdown is that scientists and tech leaders employed by the government are not able to attend conferences around the country, potentially preventing them from exchanging ideas and solutions with relevant partners. Nineteen days in, the shutdown has forced the FCC Chairman, FCC Commissioner,

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08 Jan 2019

Continued urban warfighting experiments and experience are transforming the future of city and subterranean combat

Experts have predicted that future warfare will be conducted largely within urban and even subterranean environments, and with little-to-no sustained urban warfare experience since Vietnam’s Battle of Hue City, the Marines entered the 2000s with mostly theoretical and training-driven ideas. The Urban Warrior program and then Project Metropolis, however, became

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07 Jan 2019

Kurdish forces: Two American ISIS fighters captured in Syria

“Kurdish-led forces battling Islamic State militants in Syria say they captured five foreign fighters, including an American who once sought to become an English teacher in the jihadi group’s Iraqi capital. The American, a Texan named Warren Christopher Clark, 34, was one of two reputed U.S. citizens captured in a

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