17 Nov 2021

Islamic State claims responsibility for Uganda bombings

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for two separate suicide bombings that killed three individuals and injured dozens more in the Ugandan capital Kampala. The attacks occurred on Tuesday and killed two civilians and a police officer, according to a police spokesperson. The ISIS-affiliated Amaq News Agency reported the incident

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11 Oct 2021

Dan Gerstein and Lance Mortlock on Technology Futures and Scenario Planning

In August of 2020, Bob Gourley was joined by technologist and national security expert Dan Gerstein from Rand Corporation. Dan is also the author of the recently released book entitled “The Story of Technology“ In March of 2020, Bob had a conversation with Lance Mortlock, a Senior Ernst and Young (EY) Strategy Partner. He is the author of the book Disaster Proof: Scenario Planning for Post Pandemic Future, which explores ways scenario planning can help organizations be more resilient.

Threads that emerge in these conversations are approaches leaders can take to prepare for the future, the role of governments in the future of technology, the “technology wars” as they are currently waged, humanities place in this new warfare, expected outcomes from scenario planning and what could be the next big disruptive event.

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05 Oct 2021

Singapore passes law to tackle ‘foreign interference,’ giving authorities the power to block internet content

Singapore has approved a law that grants broad powers to the government to deal with foreign interference, including the ability to block internet content. The law was approved by parliament earlier this week and is formally known as the Foreign Interference Countermeasures Act (FICA). FICA has sparked concern internationally and

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20 Sep 2021

Gunman kills several at Perm University in Russia

This morning, a gunman in Russia killed six people at the Perm University in Russia. Officials say that the individuals walked onto the campus on Monday morning and began shooting while students and teachers barricaded themselves inside the university building. Others were seen jumping from windows to being confronted by

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27 Aug 2021

Randall Fort on The Future of the Metaverse And Its Cybersecurity and Intelligence Implications

In this OODAcast we glean lessons learned and insights into the future of the Metaverse and its implications from Randall Fort. Fort is a seasoned security, intelligence and technology leader known for his grasp of enterprise mission needs and his ability to track the rapid advancing capabilities of technology to meet those needs. His background includes time as the director of global security for Goldman Sachs. He also led one of the most highly regarded teams of analysts in the world, the Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Randy later worked at Raytheon and is now now the COO of QWERX.

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30 Jun 2021

Kim Jong Un Warns of Grave Covid-19 Situation in North Korea

North Korea’s Covid-19 situation has become grave, according to Kim Jong Un, who spoke at a Politburo meeting. Although the leader did not specify what exactly has gone wrong, it is clear that the country is struggling to keep outbreaks at bay. North Korea has reported zero Covid-19 cases and

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23 Jun 2021

Nearly 10% of SMB Defense Contractors Show Evidence of Compromise

According to a new report released by Cybersecurity vendor BlueVoyant, more than half of SMB contractors in the US defense supply chain are critically vulnerable to ransomware attacks. BlueVoyant analyzed a sample of 300 smaller contractors from a defense industrial base estimated to have roughly 100,000-300,000 suppliers. The investigation showed

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14 Apr 2021

China Poses Biggest Threat to U.S., Intelligence Report Says

A new report predicts that China’s growing influence on a global scale represents one of the largest threats to the United States over the next several years. The major annual intelligence report, which was released on Tuesday, also warned of security challenges posed by Moscow and Beijing that the Biden

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27 Jan 2021

W.V. Woman Gets 11 Years for Trying to Hawk NSA Docs to Russia, Kidnapping Daughter

Elizabeth Jo Shirley, a 47-year-old West Virginia resident has been sentenced to over 11 years in federal prison after she kidnapped her daughter, fled to Mexico, and attempted to sell classified NSA information stolen from her place of work to Russia. Shirley pleaded guilty to all charges, including unlawfully retaining

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23 Dec 2020

U.S. Urges American Firms to Shun Chinese Data Service Companies

The Department of Homeland Security issued a warning on Tuesday night advising US companies to steer clear of data services and equipment from firms linked to China, citing cybersecurity and national security risks. The advisory states that US networks become vulnerable to Chinese cyber threats when implementing Chinese equipment. According

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