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What the Announced NSA / Cyber Command Split Means

August 18, 2017 The move to elevate Cyber Command to a full Unified Combatant Command and split it off from the National Security Agency or NSA shows that cyber intelligence collection and information war are rapidly diverging fields. The future leadership of both entities is now in question, but the Pentagon has set...

Armed Militias Won’t Stop After Charlottesville, and That Worries Law Enforcement

August 17, 2017 One of the most striking striking images from Saturday’s clash between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Va., was the presence of dozens of heavily armed men and women dressed in combat fatigues resembling the National Guard and casting an imposing shadow over the events. But these were not law...

ISIS Says Secret Weapons Await Coalition Forces In Battle for Raqqa

August 8, 2017 On Sunday, the Islamic State released the latest issue of its online magazine Rumiyha. In it, an ISIS military leader in Raqqa, Syria, claims to have secret weapons for use against the coalition forces that are besieging the group’s capital city. Rumiyah, like its predecessors Dabiq and Dar al-Islam, is...

AI Will Make Fake News Video — and Fight It As Well

August 8, 2017 A recent demonstration showing how easy it is to spoof video of a world leader recently made headlines, foretelling a future where robot-created videos cause political and financial havoc. But now comes word of an antidote. On Monday, a group of computer scientists from Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute...

AI Will Make Fake News Video — and Fight It As Well

August 8, 2017 A recent demonstration showing how easy it is to spoof video of a world leader recently made headlines, foretelling a future where robot-created videos cause political and financial havoc. But now comes word of an antidote. On Monday, a group of computer scientists from Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute...

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Military Eyes New Mini-Nukes for 21st-Century Deterrence

August 7, 2017 The future of nuclear weapons might not be huge and mega destructive but smaller, tactical, and frighteningly, more common. The U.S. Air Force is investigating more options for “variable yield” bombs — nukes that can be dialed down to blow up an area as small as a neighborhood, or dialed...

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Army Boosts Spending on Genetically Engineered Spider Silk for Body Armor, Underwear

August 4, 2017 The U.S. Army is upping its investment in genetically engineered spider silk for body armor. Last year, the service paid almost $100,000 to Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, which makes spider silk that can be produced at scale — with silkworms. On Wednesday, the company announced that the Army will move to...

US Military Eyes New Mini-Nukes for 21st-Century Deterrence

August 3, 2017 The future of nuclear weapons might not be huge and mega destructive but smaller, tactical, and frighteningly, more common. The U.S. Air Force is investigating more options for “variable yield” bombs — nukes that can be dialed down to blow up an area as small as a neighborhood, or dialed...

The US Navy’s Railgun Breakthrough Could Change Energy Storage

August 2, 2017 The U.S. Navy’s shipboard railgun is moving from the lab to the testing range, a big step for a weapon designed to fire massive bullets at hypersonic speeds. But a separate breakthrough in electrical pulse generation — capacitors that provide a bigger jolt in a smaller package — that may...

US Army Boosts Spending on Genetically Engineered Spider Silk for Body Armor, Underwear

August 2, 2017 The U.S. Army is upping its investment in genetically engineered spider silk for body armor. Last year, the service paid almost $100,000 to Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, which makes spider silk that can be produced at scale — with silkworms. On Wednesday, the company announced that the Army will move to...