15 Mar 2019

U.S. Begins Work on New Missiles as Trump Scraps Treaty With Russia

Earlier this week, US Department of Defense (DoD) officials announced that the department will start building and testing two new types of missiles that used to be banned under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, which collapsed last month when the US government announced that it will pull out of

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14 Mar 2019

Pentagon officially stands up Space Development Agency, names first director

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has officially established the Space Development Agency (SDA), assigning Fred Kennedy, the current director of the Tactical Technology Office, as the agency’s first director. According to a DoD memo, “[t]he SDA will define and monitor the Department’s future threat-driven space architecture and will accelerate

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13 Mar 2019

7 funding priorities in the Pentagon’s cyber budget

The Department of Defense’s budget request for 2020 totals $750 billion, with $2.8 billion intended for the improvement of cyber capabilites. That figure can be broken down into two sums, $2 billion for research and development (R&D) and $843 million for procurement funding. The department has highlighted seven priorities for its

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08 Mar 2019

Pentagon’s Cyber Mission Force Needs Better Training Plan

An audit by the Government Accountability Office of the US Defense Department’s Cyber Mission Force (CMF) found that even though the CMF met a 2018 deadline to get 133 CMF teams fully operational, the teams have since failed to maintain full operating capability. According to the audit, the problems became

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07 Mar 2019

Hundreds of immigrant recruits risk ‘death sentence’ after Army bungles data, lawmaker says

Between July 2017 and Jan. 2018, US Army officials accidentally sent immigrant recruits a confidential list containing sensitive information on over 4,200 immigrant recruits on at least three separate occasions. According to US Congressman Tom Malinowski, who served in the State Department under President Barack Obama, the breach endangers hundreds

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04 Mar 2019

US Military Changing ‘Killing Machine’ Robo-tank Program After Controversy

The US Department of Defense is making changes to its request for information on the Advanced Targeting and Lethality Automated System, or ATLAS, which states that the program aims to use Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to provide “ground combat vehicles with the capability to acquire, identify, and engage targets at least 3X

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01 Mar 2019

The Security Clearance Process Is About to Get Its Biggest Overhaul in 50 Years

The US federal government will soon release Trusted Workforce 2.0, which represents a major overhaul of the security clearance process that in its current state has lead to long delays, thereby undermining the ability of federal agencies to hire IT talent. The new clearance framework is the product of a cooperative

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27 Feb 2019

US nuclear general worries over Russia’s weapons outside New START

In a testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee, the head of the US nuclear forces this week said that Russia is developing strategic weapons outside of the New START Treaty, which will lapse in 2021 if it is not expanded before then. Among the new weapons being developed by

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27 Feb 2019

Security Clearance Delays Are Hurting the Pentagon’s Tech Workforce

The US Department of Defense (DoD) is having a tough time overcoming the IT talent gap. On Tuesday, DoD officials informed the US Congress that one of the problems their department faces, is that it can sometimes take almost a year to obtain a security clearance for a potential IT

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27 Feb 2019

U.S. Cyber Command operation disrupted Internet access of Russian troll factory on day of 2018 midterms

US officials said that during the 2018 midterm elections, the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency (IRA), which is a known troll farm owned by an oligarch with close ties to Russian President Vladi­mir Putin, was cut off from the Internet by the US Cyber Command. The aim of the operation,

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