17 October 2019   (BBC News)
Bucking the US tradition of non-intervention in Canadian elections, former US President Obama stepped into the spotlight to sway voters by saying  "I hope our neighbors to the north support [Justin Trudeau] for another term." This is not Obama's first public endorsement of a foreign leader during elections.
17 October 2019   (The Globe and Mail)
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker confirms that Britain and the European Union have agreed a new Brexit deal. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “We’ve got a great new deal that takes back control.”
17 October 2019   (Next Gov)
Two years after the U.S. Army said that a new combat vehicle was among its top priorities, the floor at this week’s Association of the United States Army’s annual conference and trade show was crowded with robotic technologies. Prospective domestic suppliers have been joined by competitors from Germany and South Korea. Meanwhile, commanders are concerned about linking up all the new technologies available to them.
17 October 2019   (Defense News)
Rethinking a key element of its training, the British Army is enlisting the private sector to deliver a “surrogate for warfare” by the time the syllabus is overhauled over the next few years. The Ministry of Defence plans to issue Requests for information Nov. 1, formally launching an industry competition to secure the first phase of the project. “Collective training will become a surrogate for warfare; driving adaptation, generating combat ethos, empowering commanders, and delivering tactical innovation,” the Army says.
17 October 2019   (Fifth Domain)
U.S. Cyber Command is working with the Department of Energy and industry on a more coherent approach to cyberattacks. A philosophy of “persistent engagement” is predicated on the notion of constant contact with potential enemies in cyberspace and officials have stressed this includes enabling other partners. It also includes using its unique authorities to operate outside U.S. networks as a way to provide warning for domestic agencies about potential threats.
17 October 2019   (United Press International)
The U.S. Army is to be provided with open-source capabilities by BAE Systems through a $437-million task order. Working with publicly-available sources but through a secure cloud environment, the company is to provide training, policy and governance recommendations, assessments and implementation of emerging capabilities.
17 October 2019   (Defense News)
U.S. companies sold more than $55 billion in weapons to foreign buyers in the 2019 fiscal year and LGen Charles Hooper, head of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, is looking to increase sales. He says that while they have long been a foreign policy instrument, government-sanctioned sales now are “a tool of first resort.” One of his levers is a continued push for furtgher reductions in various surcharges and other fees.
17 October 2019   (Defense News)
There evidently are problems with integration of Javelin anti-tank missiles onto the U.S. Army’s Stryker combat vehicle, according to program manager Col. Bill Venable who has confirmed that the project is being delayed by more than a year. An earlier iteration required the vehicle operator to dismount and fire the missile but the Army, in trying to mount the system alongside a 30mm cannon, has had difficulties linking it to the Strykers’ remote weapons station.
17 October 2019   (Defense One)
Two U.S. Army generals who lead operations in Europe say Turkey’s relationship with the U.S. and NATO remains strong despite Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria. “On a military-to-military level, very solid,” is how LGen Chris Cavoli, commander of U.S. Army Europe. puts it. He and LGen J.T. Thomson, head of Allied Land Command, expect Turkey to remain in NATO and for the U.S. alliance with Turkey to endure.
15 October 2019   (Fifth Domain)
Ethical hackers apparently have found critical vulnerabilities in Department of Defense systems through a “hack the proxy” program which probed the DoD’s virtual private networks. Of the 312 vulnerabilities identified, nine were considered “high severity.” An Army secure file-sharing site was taken offline last year after a similar exercise disclosed a critical weakness.