17 Aug 2018

Space-based laser weapons could ultimately take out missile threats in boost phase

The Pentagon is researching space-based laser weapons technology as a means to counter missile missiles as they take off, before they begin cruising. Such a system could support air-to-air missiles carried by F-15s or F35s on holding patters along the border of adversary countries. Debates around the feasibility of this

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17 Aug 2018

DOD: Chinese bombers likely training for strikes against US targets

The Pentagon has indicated that China may be training for strikes against U.S. targets as its bombers continue to increase their activity and range. The increase in this area is likely part of China’s efforts to communicate their improved capabilities and regional intentions. The DOD reported to Congress that the

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14 Aug 2018

Hackers Target Marines for Pentagon’s Latest Bug Bounty

A live hacking event in Las Vegas is targeting the Marine Corps in the Pentagon’s latest bug bounty program. Around 100 hackers were selected to identify vulnerabilities in the Corps’ primary communications network. Over the nine-hour event, hackers found 75 vulnerabilities and won $80,000 in bounties. “Working with the ethical

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08 Aug 2018

Pending Executive Order to Move Entire Background Investigation Bureau to Pentagon

“The government’s head of background investigations is fully in favor of moving his office, staff and workload under the Defense Department, a shift that is expected to become official under an impending presidential executive order. Congress passed legislation last year requiring the National Background Investigations Bureau—part of the Office of

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07 Aug 2018

Pentagon Prohibits Personnel From Using GPS Services in All ‘Operational Areas’

“The Defense Department on Monday issued an order barring all personnel from using geolocation services on their personal and government-issued devices in all ‘operational areas.’ The policy, which applies to smartphones, tablets, fitness trackers, smartwatches and all other applications with geolocation features, goes into effect immediately. ‘The rapidly evolving market of

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30 Jul 2018

Pentagon Creates ‘Do Not Buy’ List of Russian, Chinese Software

The Pentagon is distributing a “Do Not Buy” list of software that fails to meet national security standards. The list was started 6 months ago but while circulation among the military and its contractors started last week in response to “specific issues.” The defense undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment announced

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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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