CANSEC: Retired U.S. General to speak on cyber security

General Keith Alexander, USA (Ret.) CEO and President, IronNet Cybersecurity; Commander, U.S. Cyber Command (2010-2014) and Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service (2005-2014) will deliver the keynote address at breakfast at CANSEC on June 1, 2017. Mr. Alexander will speak on cyber and security issues with a focus on Canada. [node:read-more:link]

Exoatmospheric missile project killed

The Department of Defense has terminated a Boeing-led Redesigned Kill Vehicle project after a “strategic pause” to reconsider options. “Technical design problems” are given as the reason for the cancellation of the ground-based exoatmospheric missile system.  [node:read-more:link]

India rethinking nuclear stance?

India’s defence minister, Rajnath Singh, is suggesting that his country could re-evaluate its “no first use of nuclear weapons” as Indian and Pakistan square off over the divided Kashmir region which abuts their northern borders. Singh says that while India had “strictly adhered” to the doctrine, “what happens in future depends on the circumstances.” [node:read-more:link]

More U.S. fighters for Taiwan?

A potential sale of “fourth generation” F-16V Viper light multi-role fighters to Taiwan by Lockheed Martin evidently has renewed U.S. administration support after having been put on hold for a while. [node:read-more:link]

New warts for ageing hog?

The U.S. Air Force says Boeing has finished installing new wings on the last of 173 A-10 Thunderbolt II ground-attack aircraft in order to keep them operational into the late 2030s. Popularly known as the Warthog and “the flying gun”, the Fairchild Republic platform, which entered service in 1977, has proven its effectiveness in theatres such as Kosovo and Afghanistan. [node:read-more:link]

Russian explosion details trickle out

Radiation levels near the site of last week’s deadly rocket explosion in northern Russia spiked 16 times above normal, according to Rosgidromet, the national weather service. Five scientists died and three others were injured when a nuclear-powered engine was being tested. [node:read-more:link]

Russian explosion explained?

Russian authorities’ acknowledgement that there was a “nuclear element” in an explosion which killed five scientists last week is fuelling speculation that they were working on a nuclear-powered cruise missile at the offshore facility. Nearby Dvinsky Bay has been closed to shipping for a month and the city of Severodvinsk, 40 kilometres away, posted and then withdrew a website report of a radiation spike shortly after the explosion. [node:read-more:link]


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