05 Jan 2022

The ASML Holding’s Factory Fire and Specialized Manufacturing Equipment for Semiconductor Production

The OODA Loop News Brief Team surfaced a story earlier today – “Fire at vital tech factory could worsen global computer chip shortage” – which we thought was important enough to provide further in-depth analysis. A very specific insight from our recent OODA Network Stratigame – “Global Computer Chip Supply Chain Disruption” – was the role the foreign production of Specialized Manufacturing Equipment (SME) would play in the health of the computer chip supply chain for the U.S. Add the recent fire at the plant in Berlin, Germany owned by ASML Holding to our list of variables that could tack the global chip supply chain disruption into a worst-case scenario, sooner rather than later. 

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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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02 Dec 2021

Iran-Israel Cyber Conflict Shows Leadership Needed to Curb Critical and Civilian Infrastructure Targeting

Over the course of several months, Israel is suspected of perpetrating several attacks that have disrupted key services in Iran. Not one to play victim, Iran has been retaliating in its own way, targeting Israeli targets as well. While the two countries have engaged one another covertly in most domains (air, land, sea, and cyberspace), for the past year both have appeared to move away from traditional symbols of state power such as military sites, individuals of interest, or government facilities, to civilian infrastructure. The intent of these attacks is quite clear: to inflict pain on the civilian communities in their respective countries in a show that neither government can protect them.

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18 Nov 2021

Ford Motor Company Commits to Chip Collaboration with GlobalFoundries, Including Expansion of Manufacturing

A strategic partnership was announced today between Ford and giant semiconductor manufacturer GlobalFoundries Inc (GF), which “opens the door” in the short term for more chips to be produced for Ford by the industry-leading semiconductor foundry and to explore expanded semiconductor manufacturing opportunities to support the automotive industry. This partnership comes at a time when there seems to be no end in sight for the current chip shortages.

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09 Nov 2021

Drone Attack on U.S. Power Grid Failed – This Time

In a recently released Joint Intelligence Bulletin (JIB), U.S. officials revealed that a DJI Mavic 2, a small quadcopter-type drone, was found carrying a copper wire attached to it by nylon cords in what was believed to be an attempted attack on a power substation in Pennsylvania last year, as

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28 Oct 2021

October 2021 OODA Network Member Meeting: Generating insights into a VUCA world

Are we living in a super-VUCA world (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous). To help members optimize opportunities and reduce risk in this VUCA world, OODA hosts a monthly video call to discuss items of common interest to our membership. These highly collaborative sessions are always a great way for our members to meet and interact with each other while talking about topics like global risks, emerging technologies, cybersecurity, and current or future events impacting their organizations. We also use these sessions to help better focus our research and reporting on member needs.

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12 Oct 2021

Building Resilient Supply Chains and Semiconductor Manufacturing

In February 2021, The White House issued an Executive Order on securing America’s supply chains, calling for “an immediate 100-day review across federal agencies to address vulnerabilities in the supply chains of semiconductor manufacturing and advanced packaging.

The final review was delivered in June of 2021. The final report is an exhaustive 250-page document, of which 60 pages are dedicated to a semiconductor and advanced packaging supply chain risk assessment, along with sections on opportunities and challenges ahead, concluding with recommendations.

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28 Sep 2021

From Semiconductor Supply Chains to Dirty Bombs: Summary of the September 2021 OODA Network Member Meeting

The September monthly meeting covered a range of issues, from planning for an upcoming OODA Network wargame exercise to a recent cyber vulnerability and mitigation, future research on CISA and critical infrastructure, and recent events in France surrounding the discovery of IEDs with uranium traces.

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27 Jul 2020

NSA Urgently Warns on Industrial Cyberattacks, Triconex Critical Bug

The US National Security Agency (NSA) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have released a joint advisory that foreign adversaries could be actively targeting US critical infrastructure across the nation. The alert states that infrastructure such as power plants, factories, oil, and gas refineries could be among the

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20 Mar 2020

Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19

The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) published a detailed guide on how to identify critical infrastructure during the pandemic. The publication states that functioning critical infrastructure is paramount to effectively responding to the COVID-19 outbreak for health and safety reasons. The DHS states that specific

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