27 Jul 2018

Bidding Begins for Pentagon’s Controversial $10 Billion War Cloud

The DoD is now accepting proposals for its 10-year, $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract, to be awarded to a single provider. The controversial contract will make a commercial company responsible for important workloads and classified military secrets accessible around the globe “in a single war cloud.”

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26 Jul 2018

U.S. testing an ‘all-weather’ bomb

The Pentagon has begun testing a weapon capable of striking adversaries hiding behind poor weather, what was once an effective shield from accurate targeting. “Poor weather and battlefield obscurants continue to endanger warfighters as adversaries rely on these conditions to escape attacks…this has established the requirement for an all-weather solution

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23 Jul 2018

Pentagon announces $200 million in aid for Ukraine

The Pentagon announced an additional $200 million in aid for the “training, equipment, and advisory efforts to build the defensive capacity of Ukraine’s forces,” including improvements of “command and control, situational awareness systems, secure communications, military mobility, night vision, and military medical treatment.” The U.S. has provided $1 billion in

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19 Jul 2018

Pentagon’s first broad A.I. strategy to be published “within weeks”

An upcoming publication allegedly set for release in a number of weeks will be the Department of Defense’s first on its long-term strategic plans for the development and expansion of Artificial Technology. While specifics of the publication have not been released, the Pentagon has already developed and invested in a

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18 Jul 2018

The Pentagon wants to bring mind-controlled tech to troops

The Pentagon’s Next-Generation Non-Surgical Neurotechnology (N3) program is working to “design, build, demonstrate, and validate a nonsurgical neural interface system to broaden the applicability of neural interfaces to the able-bodied warfighter, according to its research announcement on the Federal Business Opportunities website. These “neural interfaces” would connect troops to military

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18 Jul 2018

If Your Weapons Aren’t Cyber-Hardened, Expect to Lose Pentagon Contracts

The Pentagon will begin in-house assessments of its weapons’ cyber protections, rather than relying on manufacturer assessments. Companies are currently responsible for conducting their own assessments and confirming whether their products meet the relevant cybersecurity standards. A number of failures in this process has pushed the Pentagon to move forward

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10 Jul 2018

The Pentagon Wants to Automate Some Classification Decisions

“The Pentagon is in the market for an automated tool that can help determine what level documents should be classified at and who should be able to access them, according to contracting documents. The system should also be able to automatically redact information from a document when the document is

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06 Jul 2018

The Pentagon’s drone and anti-drone budget nearly doubles in 2019

Drone and counter-drone budgets have doubled between 2018 and 2019, with 1.4% of the US defense budget now going to the sector. A drone association developed a detailed breakdown of the expenditures, showing that the 2019 budget allocates $7 billion for unmanned aircraft, $1.5 billion for counter drone systems, $1.3

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29 Jun 2018

Pentagon Intelligence Chief: Russia And China Will Have Weapons in Space ‘In the Near Future’

In what has been called the most “overt” acknowledgement by U.S. intelligence regarding Russian and Chinese weaponization of space, the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency stated that U.S. superiority in the domain is decreasing as China and Russia develop powerful satellite and anti-satellite technology. Both countries have developed ground

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14 Jun 2018

Pentagon suspends purchase and use of commercial drones, citing cybersecurity

The Pentagon has, once again, suspended the purchase and use of commercial drones ‘in order to develop a strategy that assesses and mitigates potential cyber risks of their use.’ The memo also underscored the sufficiency of operations without such commercially-produced drones, writing that ‘military services and combatant commands continue to

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