06 May 2020

Pentagon Wants AI to Predict Behavioral Changes in Troops

The Pentagon is now seeking AI solutions to help the US military identify significant behavioral changes in troops including those related to depression, mental health, or other psychological issues, stating that it can have a debilitating effect on the team and may result in mission failure, injury, and death during

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06 Feb 2020

Bug hunter finds cryptocurrency-mining botnet on DOD network

Last month, a security researcher who was searching for bugs as a part of a bounty program discovered a cryptocurrency mining botnet inside a web server operated by the US Department of Defense. The researcher, Nitesh Surana, reported the big through the DOD’s official bug bounty program. The bug report was

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13 Sep 2019

The Pentagon Needs to Make More Software Open Source, Watchdog Says

The Department of Defense is not fully abiding by a federal mandate to implement an open source software pilot program and make common code more readily available to other agencies, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report. In 2016, Congress required the Department of Defense to initiate the pilot

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10 Jul 2019

Startup Tech CEO: These are the AI/ML capabilities DoD says they need the most

Tech CEOs can be a huge help to DoD by tracking their mission needs and providing input on capabilities that meet them. We can make it easy for you to do just that. We have just been asked to help provide inputs on companies that meet key needs of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC). Let us know if your firm has a solution that is a fit.

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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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30 Jan 2019

How the Pentagon’s fear of risk is stifling innovation

A “go slow” approach and an emphasis on accountability in tech acquisitions and beyond is well-intentioned and important, but it has the unintended consequence, according to some leaders in the private sector, of stifling innovation. According to this thinking, the pentagon’s continued desire to remain with past winners results not

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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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27 Dec 2018

How the new acting Pentagon chief views cybersecurity

“President Donald Trump announced in a Dec. 23 tweet that Patrick Shanahan will become acting secretary of defense Jan. 1, replacing outgoing Pentagon chief Jim Mattis two months early. While it is not clear how long Shanahan will remain in the job, he is on the short list of officials

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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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