05 Jan 2021

10 of 15 of DOD’s Major IT Projects Are Behind Schedule, GAO Found

The Government Accountability Office has found that 10 out of 15 of the Department of Defense’s IT projects are behind schedule. The Defense Department’s programs consist of software development approaches seeking to avoid cost increases and schedule delays for information technology systems. However, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) also found

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04 Jan 2021

Army Research Lab Announces Acquisition of Two New Supercomputers

The Defense Department has added two new supercomputers to its arsenal, announcing the acquisition earlier this week. The computers will seek to establish a cumulative capability of more than 23 petaflops of performance. The agency believes that the supercomputers will enter production service at some point in mid-2021. The supercomputers

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07 Sep 2020

Pentagon Awards JEDI Contract To Microsoft—Again—In Blow To Amazon

On Friday, the Department of Defense announced that it has decided to award Microsoft with the contentious $10 billion JEDI contract. This has created more controversy between Microsoft and Amazon, who went to court in a legal fight for the lucrative DoD contract. In October of last year, Microsoft won

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03 Sep 2020

OODAcast: Jim Miller on Managing Policy in an Age of Constant Disruption and Dynamic Threats

Jim Miller has worked for four decades on a combination of private and public sector initiatives focused on addressing a wide variety of national security threats.  He has held numerous positions within the Department of Defense including serving as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and has been awarded the DoD’s highest civilian award four times.

In this OODAcast, we discuss a wide variety of topics including how to use red teaming to plan for emerging threats and opportunities, how to bridge the gap between planning and execution, lessons-learned from 40 years of working with  top strategists and thinkers, and the emerging threat landscape.

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20 Aug 2020

CISA Warns of New RAT Aimed at US Defense Contractors

The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) previously issued a malware report in which they detailed a new remote-access trojan variant used by APT groups in North Korea. The report claims that the remote access trojan, BLINDINGCAN, is associated with the government of North Korea. The

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11 Aug 2020

DOD Releases Prime Airwaves for Commercial 5G Networks

Yesterday, the White House announced that it is advancing the deployment of 5G networks by releasing 100 megahertz of the ideal midrange spectrum to commercial organizations. However, this has sparked some controversy, with critics claiming that the megahertz released should be double the amount. Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios made

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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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