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The Public Will Soon Be Able to Buy Military-Grade Satellite Images

August 13, 2014 On Wednesday, the world’s premier marketer of high-resolution satellite imagery, DigitalGlobe, successfully launched their new WorldView 3 (WV3) satellite. As Defense One reported in April, the WorldView 3 will operate 380 miles above the Earth’s surface and will go from pole to pole in 98 minutes, moving at 7 miles...

How Genes Could Predict Who Will Get PTSD

August 12, 2014 Can you screen for post-traumatic stress disorder in the same way you screen for breast cancer? A new paper from researchers at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine suggests that gene expression could reveal which individuals are most likely to develop PTSD, a development that could accelerate the search for...

Hacker Shows How to Break Into Military Communications

August 8, 2014 LAS VEGAS -- Soldiers on the front lines use satellite communications systems, called SATCOMS to call in back up, lead their comrades away from hot spots and coordinate attacks, among other things. Airplanes use SATCOMS to rely on data between the ground and the plane, and ships use them to...

Hacker Shows How to Break Into Military Communications

August 7, 2014 LAS VEGAS -- Soldiers on the front lines use satellite communications systems, called SATCOMS to call in back up, lead their comrades away from hot spots and coordinate attacks, among other things. Airplanes use SATCOMS to rely on data between the ground and the plane, and ships use them to...

10 Ways to Make the Internet Safe from Cyber Attacks

August 7, 2014 LAS VEGAS -- A single well-designed cyber weapon could “take down the entire Internet,” according to Dan Geer, chief information security officer for In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture capital company. Geer took to the stage at the Black Hat cybersecurity conference on Wednesday not simply to highlight growing cyber-vulnerabilities to the...

Here's the App That's Hunting Down Terrorist Bomb-Makers

August 6, 2014 It’s a foggy morning in Manchester, England, when a bomb goes off at popular tourist center. Reporters, medics, and police shoot to the scene. The journalists begin doing what they do, describe what they see in front of them. The police begin taking witness testimony. The medics save lives. At...

There’s Really No Way To Screen for Ebola at Airports

August 1, 2014 The Centers for Disease Control confirmed on Tuesday that the first case of Ebola has been confirmed in the United States. In July, the Nigerian government announced that they had started screening passengers at international airports for signs of Ebola after a passenger showed up in Lagos suffering from the...

How ‘Game of Thrones’ Will Predict the Next Bin Laden

July 29, 2014 How do you predict the terror leader of the future? In sort of the same way you can predict what happens next on Game of Thrones: applied statistics. A research team from the University of Maryland has devised a system to predict the top three players (out of hundreds) most...

How 'Game of Thrones' Will Predict the Next Bin Laden

July 29, 2014 How do you predict the terror leader of the future? In sort of the same way you can predict what happens next on Game of Thrones, applied statistics. A research team from the University of Maryland has devised a system to predict the top three players (out of hundreds) most...

The CIA Fears the Internet of Things

July 28, 2014 The major themes defining geo-security for the coming decades were explored at a forum on “The Future of Warfare” at the Aspen Security Forum on Thursday, moderated by Defense One Executive Editor Kevin Baron. Dawn Meyerriecks, the deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency’s directorate of science and technology, said...