02 May 2019

NASA Says $700 Million in Rocket Failures Caused by Fraudster Company

Subpar aluminum parts manufactured by Sapa Profiles, Inc. (SPI) led to the failure of two NASA satellite launches in 2009 and 2011, resulting in losses of $700 million, the US space agency stated[pdf] on Tuesday. SPI tried to hide the poor quality of the aluminum parts it supplied to NASA

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22 Apr 2019

The Pentagon is Investing in Space Robots to Repair Satellites

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is launching a five year program to build robots capable of repairing and upgrading satellites. The research agency will also develop spacecraft for moving the robots through space. The US government and US companies together have over 400 satellites orbiting the earth at

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10 Apr 2019

Chinese threats necessitate new space structures, Shanahan warns

In a speech at the annual Space Symposium, acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan identified China as the top threat to US interests in space, which is where “the next major conflict may be won or lost” according to the Pentagon chief. Shanahan mentioned various Chinese capabilities and systems that

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28 Mar 2019

The Pentagon is ‘Absolutely Unapologetic’ About Pursuing AI-Powered Weapons

On Wednesday, US Department of Defense officials defended the department’s use of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in new weapons systems, arguing that all its projects involving AI are subject to ethical frameworks and international law, which they said is unlikely to be the case in countries like China. One official

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21 Mar 2019

The Air Force wants to start a new $35M offensive cyber program

US Air Force documents show that the army branch aims to launch an offensive cybersecurity program to “deliver operations-ready cyberspace superiority capabilities through the research, development, testing, evaluation, accelerated prototyping, demonstration and fielding of cyber technologies and capabilities.” The $35M program should enable Air Force personnel “to operate in and

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19 Mar 2019

U.S. Pressures Iraq Over Embrace of Militias Linked to Iran

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is traveling to the Middle East this week as part of US President Trump’s efforts to isolate Iran. Pompeo will try to get support from Kuwait, Israel and Lebanon for the strategy that has not been welcomed by US allies in Europe and has

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15 Mar 2019

US Warns of Sophisticated Cyberattacks From Russia, China

In addition to discussing the US government’s new cyber strategy, Department of Defense (DoD) officials on Wednesday elaborated on the growing cyber threat from Russia, China, North Korea and Iran in a hearing of the House Armed Services Subcommittee. According to the officials, the DoD will draw on the positive

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15 Mar 2019

More success means less boundaries in cyberspace

In a Wednesday hearing of the House Armed Services Subcommittee, Department of Defense (DoD) officials explained what the department’s new cyber strategy of persistent engagement and defending forward is all about. According to the officials, persistent engagement means that DoD cyber experts constantly need to be active in cyberspace to

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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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