14 Dec 2021

Russia Rolls Out First Stealth Drone Flight Model – Report

Russia has rolled out the first flight prototype of its Okhotnik (“Hunter”) stealth drone ahead of trials and future serial production, state media reported Tuesday. The Okhotnik’s latest configuration features a 3D-printed “flat jet nozzle” for reduced radar visibility, according to the state-run TASS news agency. Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko said

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08 Dec 2021

Germany’s Scholz Takes Power After Merkel’s 16-Year Rule

On Wednesday, Germany’s Parliament elected Olaf Scholz as chancellor. This marks the end of Angela Merkel’s 16-year rule. Scholz, the country’s new center-left leader, will face challenges left by his predecessor such as international criticism of the country’s close energy partnership with Russia. Scholz will battle a series of short-term

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07 Dec 2021

Western leaders urge Russia to lower Ukraine tensions

The US, UK, France, Germany, and Italy have pledged to use tools at their disposal to back Ukraine amid fears of a Russian invasion. Western powers have called on Russia to lower tensions with Ukraine over the past few weeks as the situation escalates. Moscow has denied any plans to

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01 Dec 2021

Strategic Issues With Compromise Of Data From DNA Diagnostics Center’s Genetic Testing Database

Ohio-based DNA Diagnostics Center (DDC) recently reported that in August 2021, the company detected potential unauthorized access to its network, during which there was unauthorized access and acquisition of an archived database that contained personal information collected between 2004 and 2012. There are issues with security associated with life sciences data. We hit some very big ones here.

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01 Dec 2021

Russia Expels Some U.S. Diplomats in Latest Tit-for-Tat Action

Russia has ordered US Embassy staff in Moscow to evacuate the country by January 31. The diplomats have been in Moscow for over three years. The more marks an increase in tensions between Moscow and Washington and comes just days before diplomats were set to hold talks addressing the worsening

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23 Nov 2021

Fearing new Russian threat, Ukraine races to upgrade its navy

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has expressed concern over the past several weeks due to Moscow’s military activity on the Ukrainian border. Blinken stated that he was unaware of Russia’s intentions, however, historical precedent is cause for alarm. Tensions remain high within the region as Ukraine races to upgrade

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19 Nov 2021

National Security, Space-Based Capabilities and U.S. Deterrence

Space has many strategic vectors: economic, military, cyber, and information warfare. It will play a vital role in the future of U.S. collaboration with its allies. Space is also on the list of domains that are part of The Chinese Dream for supremacy in areas like quantum computing and artificial intelligence. As China sees it, the U.S. could stand in the way of achieving its strategic aims in space. Classic deterrence theory (i.e., nuclear proliferation and deterrence) should be applied to these space-based challenges.

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16 Nov 2021

Russian anti-satellite missile test draws condemnation

The US has condemned Russia for conducting what it believes to be a dangerous and irresponsible missile test, alleging that the test endangered crew members aboard the International Space Station (ISS), which currently hosts four Americans, a German, and two Russians. The test blew up one of Russia’s own satellites,

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08 Nov 2021

Russians and Chinese using human targeting – amongst other tools- to achieve security advantage in key emerging technologies by 2030

In late October, The National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) issued a report warning of China’s goal to achieve a technological advantage over the U.S. in certain key emerging technologies. Beijing’s long-term goal is a strategic advantage over the U.S. and its security interests by 2030 in areas such as biotechnology, genomic technology, artificial intelligence, and semiconductors. Russia is making strides in this direction as well, but is constrained by resources and has not made the level of commitment as the Chinese. Human targeting is highlighted as a tool used prolifically by the Chinese.

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05 Nov 2021

Ukraine Unmasks Armageddon Group as FSB Officers

Ukrainian special services claim to have identified the individuals behind the well-known Armageddon hacking group. The Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) revealed that the group was responsible for over 5,000 attacks on the Ukrainian government and other critical infrastructure assets. Ukraine claims that the sophisticated threat actor group is made

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