Security

Military bug-hunting fruitful

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. [node:read-more:link]

U.S. intelligence official arrested

Henry Kyle Frese, a Defense Intelligence Agency official in Virginia, has been charged ith leaking classified information to two journalists. Arrested by the FBI Oct. 9 when he arrived for work, the 30-year-old is alleged to have accessed at least five classified reports and provided information about another country’s weaponry to one of the journalists with whom he had a relationship. [node:read-more:link]

China shows off hardware

The People’s Republic of China celebrated its 70thanniversary by showing off an array of new missiles and unmanned platforms in a massive parade in Beijing. The unmanned technologies included a large underwater vehicle and a high-speed unmanned aircraft believed to be capable of supersonic flight. [node:read-more:link]

U.S.-North Korea standoff

North Korea is decrying the impasse with the U.S. over nuclear weapons. Its ambassador to the United Nations faults Washington’s “political and military provocations”, saying the prospect of resuming talks depends on “a window of opportunity or an occasion that will hasten the crisis.” [node:read-more:link]

Defence Security University

The Department of Defense has finally inaugurated its Defense Security Cooperation University in the hope of improving how it supports allies and other partners against threats. The project was proposed two years ago. [node:read-more:link]

Cyberskill shortage predicted.

The Center for Strategic & International Studies, a Washington think-tank, is predicting a 1.8-million shortfall in cybersecurity positions by 2022. While acknowledging efforts by key agencies, universities and technical schools to fill the growing gap, the center says more effort is needed.  [node:read-more:link]

The promise and threat of 5G

While the U.S. government and the private sector are excited about the potential of 5G telecommunications, they also worry about its potential use as a weapon against networks. Among those expressing concern are former Federal Communications Chairman Tom Wheeler, current FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks, and former National Security Council Senior Director for Strategic Planning Robert Spalding. [node:read-more:link]

Saudi forces captured by rebels

Houthi rebels in Yemen say three brigades of Saudi Arabia troops surrendered on the weekend after suffering what are described as “huge losses of life and machinery.” So far, however, the report has not been confirmed and Saudi leaders have not commented. [node:read-more:link]

NATO’s eastern flank bolstered

More than 500 U.S. troops and dozens of combat vehicles are being deployed on an extended mission to Lithuania, part of the Atlantic Resolve campaign whereby the Army rotates deployments in Eastern Europe as a deterrent to Russian aggression. Lithuania has lobbied for an enhanced presence ever since Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula five years ago. [node:read-more:link]

European capability gap

A capability gap between the U.S. and some European militaries could become “unworkable” if it is allowed to widen, according to “Multi-Domain Operations 2028”, a report published by the Association of the U.S. Army Institute of Land Warfare. It warns that if the U.S. doesn’t engage its allies early in new developments, there is a risk of divergent capabilities which would undermine interoperability. [node:read-more:link]

Technology trends scrutinized

The U.S. Government Accountability Office’s Center for Strategic Foresight is trying to ensure that Congress is on top of technological trends and issues. Launched two years ago, the Center is expected to provide an overall picture of trends, opportunities and challenges. [node:read-more:link]

The “Terminator” factor

The U.S. Air Force officer who heads the Joint Artificial Intelligence Centre in the Department of Defense says there is “no stronger proponent” for AI within the DoD. However, as the U.S. begins a multi-billion-dollar modernization of its Nuclear Command, Control and Communications facilities, LGen Jack Shanahan says he pauses when AI is considered for NC3. [node:read-more:link]

NATO’s value growing

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says that in times of global uncertainty, the military alliance and other international institutions can only grow in value. U.S. President Donald Trump, once again lamenting NATO funding by other alliance members, has said that the future “does not belong to globalists.” [node:read-more:link]

Hot dogs in the sky

There evidently has been some “hot-dogging” by Canadian and American pilots tasked with intercepting Russian bombers off Alaska, but NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe and had of U.S. European Command says while those kinds of unsafe manoeuvers represent only a tiny fraction of overall intercepts by NORAD pilots. [node:read-more:link]

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