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The Rise of the Islamic State Could Mean More Drones

September 19, 2014 One of the effects of the rise of the Islamic State, in addition to putting U.S. troops back in Iraq, may be a reversal in the military’s shrinking drone budget. Speaking at Intelligence and National Security Summit on Friday, Defense Department Undersecretary Michael Vickers said the rise of the Islamic ...

NSA Says Intelligence on the Islamic State Could Have Been 'Stronger'

September 18, 2014 The nation’s top spies, including the head of the CIA, the NSA, the Geospatial Intelligence Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency took the stage Thursday at the Intelligence & National Security Summit to discuss how their respective agencies handled the most important geopolitical event of 2014 -- the rise of ...

China Hacks US Military Transport Contractors

September 17, 2014 Chinese military hackers successfully breached the systems of several transportation companies that do important work for the military, according to a new Senate Armed Services Committee report released on Wednesday. U.S. Transportation Command, or TRANSCOM, is the outfit that moves troops and equipment. The command relies on a network of ...

Is NSA Planning to Beef up Cyber Response Capabilities?

September 17, 2014 Adm. Michael Rogers, commander of U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency, said the Obama administration’s controversial spying programs have not cost the country friends or allies either in the technology industry or abroad. Indeed, the agency shows no signs of slowing down at all. “I fundamentally ...

NSA Chief: Yes, We Still Have Friends

September 16, 2014 Adm. Michael Rogers, commander of U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency, said the Obama administration’s controversial spying programs have not cost the country friends or allies either in the technology industry or abroad. Indeed, the agency shows no signs of slowing down at all. “I fundamentally ...

The Islamic State Is Losing the Twitter War

September 12, 2014 The following post has been updated. Earlier this week, the president reiterated the administration’s ultimate objective toward the Islamic State: airstrikes and partner support “to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group.” But one former IS safe haven may have already been reclaimed: the social networking site Twitter. It’s a ...

The Military Just Asked Harvard To Make Them a Spider-Man Suit

September 11, 2014 The average spider can stay perched in a web for long hours waiting for prey and can lift eight times its own body weight. The average soldier – cannot. The military is trying to change that with help from scientists at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, called on ...

The Military Wants a Vehicle That Can Dodge Rockets By Itself

September 9, 2014 The year is 2020; the setting, a battlefield in the Middle East. An armored Army vehicle bounds over low dunes on its way to a checkpoint when a local tribal leader fires a shoulder-mounted missile directly at the fast-moving truck. The targeting is dead on and the missile is moving ...

The FCC Website Will Likely Crash on Wednesday

September 9, 2014 On Wednesday, the Federal Communication Commission will likely experience a rather unfortunate and completely preventable public relations disaster. A massive traffic influx, coupled with a coordinated distributed denial of service, or DDoS attack, is expected to prevent users from accessing the FCC’s web site. The attack is part of a ...

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Around Government

September 9, 2014 Bravery in the Bureaucracy Making the right decision isn’t the hard part, agency leaders say, it’s having the guts to follow through. By Charles S. Clark Newscaster Dan Rather was famous in the 1980s for signing off the evening news with a simple word: courage. He may have been onto ...