13 Nov 2018

Rust Costs the Pentagon $21 Billion Per Year

“Rust costs the Pentagon more money annually than many of its most expensive weapons systems—up to $21 billion per year, according to a Defense Department-commissioned audit. The report indicates the corrosion of metals that make up modern weapons systems like fighter jets, ships, ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons can sometimes

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12 Nov 2018

DOD file sharing tool disabled due to vulnerability

“Department of Defense leaders have disabled a secure file sharing system due to security risks and have not set a date to reinstate the technology. The Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center Safe Access File Exchange, or AMRDEC SAFE site was disabled as a preventative measure after

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08 Nov 2018

New watchdog report decries ‘revolving door’ between the Pentagon and defense contractors

A new report from the Project on Government Oversight found that there were “645 instances of the top 20 defense contractors in fiscal year 2016 hiring former senior government officials, military officers, members of Congress, and senior legislative staff as lobbyists, board members, or senior executives.” The top six defense

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06 Nov 2018

Pentagon official: Cyber Command and NSA may split infrastructure

“A Department of Defense official said Nov. 1 that U.S. Cyber Command needs to have its own infrastructure and not lean as heavily on the National Security Agency for some cyber tools, a transition that may foreshadow an eventual split between the two dual-hatted agencies. Cyber Command has operated on

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01 Nov 2018

Military Cyber Teams On Standby For Elections

“The Homeland Security and Defense Departments don’t expect a significant cyber attack on next week’s elections. But both agencies are eager to avoid a repeat of 2016, so just in case, military Cyber Protection Teams are on standby and able to respond ‘within hours,’ a senior Pentagon official told reporters.

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23 Oct 2018

Here’s The Pentagon’s Initial Plan For Creating a Space Force

An early draft from the Pentagon has sketched out a possible trajectory for the creation of a Space Force. The plan would see the movement of some service members from the Air Force, Navy, and Army into the force, while excluding “the transfer of [the] strategic intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance mission

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15 Oct 2018

Pentagon reveals cyber breach of travel records

The Pentagon announced a breach of its DoD travel records, accessed through a compromised commercial vendor, that compromised personal information, including credit card information, of both military members and civilians. The breach impacted up to 30,000 employees and occurred months ago, although it was only just discovered on October 4th.

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12 Oct 2018

All US F-35s grounded worldwide

“The Pentagon announced Thursday it is grounding its entire fleet of F-35s, just days after the first crash of an F-35B led investigators to suspect there is a widespread problem with the advanced fighter’s fuel tubes. ‘The U.S. Services and international partners have temporarily suspended F-35 flight operations while the

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10 Oct 2018

The Pentagon doesn’t know how much it is spending on AI

“Before the Pentagon can hold artificial intelligence accountable, it will have to find it. Auditing the Department of Defense is a daunting task to begin with, and trying to figure out within that budget the full scale of existing spending on AI likely requires the audit as a prerequisite. At

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03 Oct 2018

Packages sent to Pentagon test positive for deadly poison ricin

Two letters sent to the Pentagon and addressed to Secretary of Defense Mattis and Chief of Naval Operations John Richardson were found to contain ricin, a deadly poison made from castor beans. Another suspicious envelope addressed to President Trump is suspected of containing the substance. Both cases will undergo official

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