04 Jun 2020

Cyber-Attack Hits US Nuclear Missile Sub-Contractor

According to researchers, sensitive and confidential documents have been obtained from Westech International, a US military nuclear missile contractor, after a cyberattack. Experts believe the cyberattack was likely the work of threat group Maze, a well-known and sophisticated group. Cyber-criminals were reportedly able to gain unauthorized access to Westech’s computer

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20 Feb 2020

Pentagon to Adopt Detailed Principles for Using AI

The Defense Department released a draft of rules that govern how the government develops and uses artificial intelligence in October titled Recommendations on the Ethical Use of Artificial Intelligence. Sources have indicated that the official policy, which is set to be released soon, will follow the draft closely. The Department

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17 Jan 2020

U.S. Army Hacked By 52 Hackers In Five Weeks

Between October 9 and November 15 of 2019, the US Army was hacked by a total of 52 individual hackers. The ethical hackers participated in the second “Hack the Army” event. A spokesperson at the US Department of Defense Defense Digital Service stated that the Army is analyzing the hacks

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06 Jan 2020

Three Americans killed in Kenya terror attack

East Africa based Jihadist fundamentalist group Al-Shabaab, a former Al Qaeda affiliate, on Sunday carried out a terror attack in Kenya in which three US citizens were killed, while two others were wounded. The casualties included a US service member and two civilian contractors working for the US Department of

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03 Jan 2020

U.S. Strike Ordered by Trump Kills Key Iranian Military Leader in Baghdad

Tensions between Washington and Tehran have skyrocketed after US President Trump ordered an airstrike that killed Major General Qassem Soleimani, leader of the foreign wing of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Gaurd Corps. The US airstrike also killed top Iraqi paramilitary commander Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes as the pair were traveling to Baghdad

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18 Dec 2019

Pentagon Is Searching for Domestic Drone Options

The Defense Department announced plans to focus on domestically created and funded drone systems in 2020, stating that they view the industry as a developing ecosystem. The Defense Department stated that the development of US-manufactured unmanned aerial systems is critical for providing capabilities to the warfighter. The DoD recognized a

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11 Dec 2019

Defense Digital Service Seeks Platform that Could Automate Hiring Process

The Defense Digital Service hires experts to serve tours within the Defense Department and operate projects such as bug bounties, enhancing digital services for military personnel, and developing new capabilities to counter drones and other emerging tech threats. The DDS announced on Monday that they are searching for a commercial-off-the-shelf,

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03 Dec 2019

OODA Network Interview: Dr. James N. Miller

One of our nation’s best strategic thinkers, Dr. James N. Miller has spent his career helping the Department of Defense make good, unbiased policy decisions.  He has also worked extensively in academia, helped establish the Center for New American Security (CNAS), and worked to establish the Defense Adaptive Red Team to address a whole host of emerging threat issues.  In this interview, he describes his career progression and the thinking and leadership models that have enabled him to think through solutions to our most complex national security problems.

“Defending our democracy from truth decay and the decline of bipartisanship is our most pressing National risk.”

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15 Nov 2019

It’s official: AWS is challenging Microsoft’s $10 billion JEDI contract win

On Thursday, Amazon announced that they would be challenging the U.S. Department of Defense’s award of the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) to Microsoft. According to a Federal Times report, AWS filed the paperwork to protest the award on Friday of last week to the Court of Federal Claims. Federal

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06 Nov 2019

Observations From America’s Most Public Cyber Attacks

The conduct of U.S. military cyber operations has significantly shifted—particularly in the last year. The Department of Defense’s newest cyber strategy, issued in September 2018, emphasizes a “persistent engagement” approach that moves the Department from a reactive state into a more proactive, assertive stance against national security threats in the

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