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Navy Submarine Drones Will Predict the Weather Months In Advance

March 14, 2014 In the next decade, Navy scientists will be able to predict the weather as far as 90 days into the future with the help of mathematical models, satellites, and submarine drones. The mathematical models are the most important element in the ocean and weather prediction cocktail. But making those models...

NSA Just Needs Better Public Relations, Says Incoming NSA Chief Rogers

March 13, 2014 President Obama’s pick to take over the National Security Agency, Vice Admiral Michael Rogers, told Congress that he has no serious reform agenda for the agency except for in one area: public relations. The NSA’s main problem, Rogers said in his Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday, is not the controversial...

The Internet Is the New Battleground, Assange Tells SXSW

March 9, 2014 AUSTIN, Texas - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared on a giant video screen on Saturday morning before a massive crowd of t-shirted and headphoned technology enthusiasts at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas, and declared that the Internet has become a battleground between ever-more intrusive governments and the...

What Will $5 Billion in Military Cyber Spending Pay For?

March 5, 2014 The Pentagon’s wants $5.1 billion for cyber operations next year, an increase of about $4 million over this year’s budget, but exactly what the military wants to buy with that money is unclear. “There’s no set of program elements that led to this number. Maybe there needs to be, but...

Syrian Electronic Army Threatens to Hack CENTCOM

March 3, 2014 The Syrian Electronic Army takes to Twitter to threaten an attack on U.S. Central Command if the United States conducts cyberwarfare operations against Syria. The shadowy hactivist group that supports the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warned on Friday that the strike would reveal “the U.S. command structure was...

The Army Wants You to Build Them a Laser Truck

February 28, 2014 The Pentagon has put lasers on planes and on ships. Now, the Army Space and Missile Defense Command has issued a call to industry to help it build a 50-kilowatt laser that can fit on the back of a mobile-home sized truck. The United States military is building off of...

How the Army Plans to Fight a War Across the Electromagnetic Spectrum

February 26, 2014 The Pentagon long has made a big effort to showcase its budding cyberwarfare capabilities. But the military has been less forthcoming about a key, more tangible component of cyber -- electronic warfare – until now. The Army just publically released its first-ever Field Manual for Cyber Electromagnetic Activities. The manual...

This Is the App That’s Fueling the Uprising in Venezuela

February 24, 2014 Entrepreneur Bill Moore was in his Austin, Texas, office last Thursday, watching explosive growth for his company’s walkie-talkie app, Zello, inside Venezuela. Zello had become the favorite app of protest organizers there after recently hitting the mark as the most popular app in Ukraine. Over the past few days in...

You Can't Beat Climate Change With Weather Guns

February 20, 2014 John Kerry gave a speech in Jakarta, Indonesia, last weekend where he referred to climate change as “perhaps the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Navy Admiral Samuel Locklear, the head of U.S. Pacific Command, have made similar statements. Yet the most recent research...

This Is How America's Spies Could Find the Next National Security Threat

February 20, 2014 There’s a new website in town that looks to crowdsource predictions about everything from drone delivery to the future price of BitCoins. The SciCast site, which researchers at George Mason University launched in December, allows users from around the world to make predictions and pose questions in order to forecast...