DRS receives 3rd award for counterintelligence

Leonardo DRS, for the third time,  has been awarded the Defense Security Service Award for Excellence in Counterintelligence. The award is the highest U.S. honor given to the defense industry for protecting classified information and technology through a culture of compliance with government security regulations and partnership with DoD intelligence services. [node:read-more:link]

China charging on in AI

Two years ago, the Communist Party of China set 2030 as the deadline for catching up with the U.S. in the artificial intelligence field by 2030. Next year marks a milestone for making significant gains in fundamental research and becoming a favoured destination for new talent, potentially at the expense of the U.S. [node:read-more:link]

Huawei executive “targeted”

Lawyers for Meng Wanzhou, the senior Huawei executive detained pending a legal decision on whether she should be deported to the U.S., says she was the target of a “covert criminal investigation.” The allegation is detailed in B.C. court documents. [node:read-more:link]

Staffing problems at CSIS?

David Vigneault, Director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, has been advised in a briefing package, obtained through an Access to Information request, that the agency faces a serious personnel retention and recruitment challenge. The challenge is highlighted as CSIS and other intelligence assets prepare to thwart any interference with the upcoming federal election. [node:read-more:link]

NSA hires summer students

The U.S. National Security Agency, headquartered at Fort Meade, Md., has been hiring highschool students to work “somewhere in cyber,” as one puts it. Others are equally vague, saying only that they work in language translation as well as cybersecurity. [node:read-more:link]

U.S. intelligence appointment

National Counterterrorism Center Director Joseph Maguire, a retired U.S. Navy SEAL vice-admiral, has been named by President Donald Trump as acting Director of National Intelligence. The current DNI, Dan Coats, is stepping down Aug. 15, as is Principal Deputy Director Sue Gordon. [node:read-more:link]

U.S. gun control debate

U.S. President Donald Trump says there is a "very strong" political appetite in Congress for bipartisan legislation to require background checks or other restrictions on firearms ownership. for gun users. Leaving Washington to visit Texas and Ohio, where weekend shootings left 31 victims dead and dozens injured, he says he has had “plenty of talks” which suggest growing support among legislators. [node:read-more:link]

Students approached by CSIS?

Visits or calls from the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service or law enforement agencies, often to Muslim students, are said to be increasingly common at universities across the country. A University of Toronto law professor and a criminal lawyer said it's an issue few students apparently are willing to discuss because of the stigma. [node:read-more:link]

Freeland meets Chinese counterpart

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland finally managed to meet with her Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, to discuss tensions following Canada’s arrest of a Huawei executive on a U.S. warrant last December and China’s subsequent detention of two Canadians. They met Aug. 2 on the sidelines of the Association of South East Asian Nations summit in Bangkok. [node:read-more:link]


Subscribe to RSS - Intelligence