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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04 Jun 2018

Citing backlog and systematic flaws, Pentagon to take over security clearance checks

The DoD is preparing to over background checks for the federal government. The change seeks to improve integration of automation and other high-tech options to reduce backlog and systems flaws that currently plague the process, where a backlog of roughly 700,000 people has caused severe delays and reduced the frequency

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04 Jun 2018

Reports: Google won’t renew Pentagon contract to use AI

Although Google has declined comment on the matter, Google’s decision to remove itself from Pentagon A.I. partnership comes after a widely circulated petition at the company and several resignations protesting the use of Google technology for warfare. The technology in question was that of Google’s AI algorithms to improve drone

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01 Jun 2018

Citing WWII Experience, Pentagon Suggests U.S. Has the Technical and Expert Capacity ‘Take Down’ China’s Man-Made Islands

Responding to questions on China and the South China Sea tensions, a Pentagon official cited U.S. experience in island campaigns in the Pacific, saying that the military has the technical and expert know-how to “take down” these small islands.  The Pentagon’s Joint Staff director tempered these statements, adding that this

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31 May 2018

Pentagon Lacking Accurate Property Inventory

While progress has been made towards updating inventory systems, the Defense Department is still unable to provide Congress with a sufficiently specific inventory to allow for a “practical analysis of where cost-saving cuts may be made,” according to a recent Government Accountability Office report. This inability is one of the leading

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