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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19 Feb 2019

The Pentagon Thinks AI Could Help Troops Telepathically Control Machines

The research agency of the US Department of Defense, officially called the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency or DARPA for short, has started to investigate how AI solutions could enable people to control machines with their mind, through “next-generation neurotechnology.” Neurotechnology can already enable people to control drones and prosthetic

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14 Feb 2019

What the Pentagon’s new AI strategy means for cybersecurity

On February 12, the US Department of Defense (DoD) released its new artificial intelligence (AI) strategy, which outlines plans for the integration of machine learning in the military’s defensive cyber operations. The strategy mentions that “in order to ensure DoD AI systems are safe, secure, and robust,” the pentagon “will fund

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13 Feb 2019

Pentagon to funnel tens of millions into cyber training for American soldiers

The US government is financing significant expansions of its cyber training facilities for American soldiers. The Pentagon will allocate millions of dollars to various plans that seem in line with the military’s increased focus on offensive hacking operations. Last week, thee solicitations were released by the US army outlining expansions

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13 Feb 2019

DoD Releases New Strategy Report Outlining Path Forward for Artificial Intelligence

The DoD released a new summary of its AI strategy this Tuesday (February 12) titled “Harnessing AI to Advance Our Security and Prosperity” and outlining its future plans for AI development and integration. “AI is poised to transform every industry and is expected to impact every corner of the Department,

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12 Feb 2019

Trump gave the military freer rein for offensive hacking. Security experts say that’s a good idea.

According to a new Washington Post survey conducted among government, business and academic leaders, 60% of cyber security experts support President Trump’s decision to provide the US Secretary of Defense with increased autonomy for authorizing offensive cyber operations. The US President signed a directive for this plan in August of last

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08 Feb 2019

U.S. Reduces Military Aid to Cameroon Over Human Rights Abuses

In response to mounting accusations of human rights abuses by Cameroon, the US Department of Defense (DoD) is decreasing its military aid to the Central African country, a strategically important ally in the battle against terrorism in the region. The US had been providing assistance to help Cameroon fight secessionist and

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29 Jan 2019

The Pentagon Wants to Stop Enemies From ‘Poisoning’ AI

Through a “Guaranteeing AI Robustness against Deception” program, the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is working to guard against malicious manipulation of A.I. systems. In its project solicitation, DARPA writes that “the growing sophistication and ubiquity of ML [Machine Learning] components in advanced systems dramatically…increases opportunities for new, potentially

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10 Jan 2019

Pentagon Owns Fewer Buildings Than It Previously Thought: Audit

One of the discoveries of the recent military audit is that the Pentagon has significantly fewer buildings than what is listed in its books. This finding may change ongoing requests for base closures and other measures. In the Navy, the audit revealed that 6.5% of building infrastructure had been demolished

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17 Dec 2018

Poor Security Could Leave U.S. Defenseless Against Missile Attacks

“The Defense Department’s inconsistent security practices leave technical data about the nation’s missile defense system vulnerable to inside and outside threats, according to the agency auditor. The ballistic missile defense system is designed to detect and intercept incoming missiles before they hit their intended targets. The system is made up

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