Defence


  • How Advanced Military Medical Technology Could Help In The Fight Against COVID-19

    March 30, 2020

    The deadly and gruesome realities of war have long both aided and accelerated medical innovation. World War I, the first mass killing of the 20th century, led to the development of modern ambulances, antiseptics, and anesthesia. The next world war brought about the development of penicillin and blood banks. More recently, the proliferation of improvised explosive devices in ...

  • US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA): Guidance On The Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce

    March 28, 2020

    As the Nation comes together to slow the spread of COVID-19, on March 16th the President issued updated Coronavirus Guidance for America that highlighted the importance of the critical infrastructure workforce. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) executes the Secretary of Homeland Security’s authorities to secure critical infrastructure. Consistent with these authorities, CISA has developed, in ...

  • Paging A Joint Task Force: Cyber Defense Of Pandemic Medical Infrastructure

    March 24, 2020

    The ongoing global response to COVID-19 infections has become a critical public health, economic, and national security priority. The crisis has been made worse by ransomware and other disruptive intrusion incidents, threatening the continued provision of healthcare services to patients affected by the disease. U.S. Health and Human Services disclosures of known data breaches — even prior ...

  • Combat in the cloud: Securing the $10 billion JEDI contract

    March 17, 2020

    Last October, Microsoft won the $10 billion US Department of Defense (DoD) Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract. The 10-year agreement is part of a larger Pentagon initiative to modernize and unify its IT infrastructure, most of which still exists on technology from the 1980s and 1990s. The Microsoft decision came as a massive shock since ...

  • UK MoD put pressure on regulators to delay drone safety warnings, documents reveal

    March 9, 2020

    The Ministry of Defence put pressure on regulators to delay safety warnings about a new drone it planned to fly over British skies to avoid tipping off protesters, according to official documents obtained by the Guardian. They reveal how the ministry was embroiled in a behind-the-scenes row with British safety regulators over the US-built drone, which was being ...

  • Chinese hackers use decade-old Bisonal Trojan in cyberespionage campaigns

    March 5, 2020

    Chinese cyberattackers continue to improve and deploy a decade-old Remote Access Trojan (RAT) in ongoing campaigns against Russian, Japanese, and South Korean targets. On Thursday, researchers from Cisco Talos said that the Bisonal RAT is an unusual sample of malware that has been improved, rolled back, and refined over a period of 10 years, an uncommon practice by ...

  • PM launches biggest review of UK’s foreign, defence and security policy ‘since Cold War’

    February 26, 2020

    Boris Johnson is launching what he claims is the biggest review of foreign, defence and security policy since the end of the Cold War. In a break from previous military-led reviews, the exercise will have an increased focus on foreign policy and the UK’s place in the world. Downing Street signalled no plans to reduce defence spending, ...

  • 737 Max: Debris found in new planes’ fuel tanks

    February 19, 2020

    Boeing’s crisis-hit 737 Max jetliner faces a new potential safety issue as debris has been found in the fuel tanks of several new planes which were in storage, awaiting delivery to airlines. The head of Boeing’s 737 programme has told employees that the discovery was “absolutely unacceptable”. A Boeing spokesman said the company did not see the ...

  • Passenger jet carrying 172 passengers nearly shot down over Syria, Russia says

    February 7, 2020

    An Airbus A320 jet carrying 172 passengers was nearly shot down on its approach to the Syrian capital, Damascus, shortly after 2 a.m. Thursday after Syria fired antiaircraft missiles in response to an attack, according to a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Russian news agencies reported Friday. Russia accused the Israeli air force of using the passenger plane ...

  • U.K. Royal Navy Takes Lead in Persian Gulf Shipping Protection Mission

    January 30, 2020

    The U.K. Royal Navy is now leading the international effort to protect shipping through the Strait of Hormuz, the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman following a change of command ceremony Thursday. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper lauded the United Kingdom’s agreement to command Coalition Task Force Sentinel, which started operations in November under the ...

  • DOD contractor suffers ransomware infection

    January 29, 2020

    Electronic Warfare Associates (EWA), a 40-year-old electronics company and a well-known US government contractor, has suffered a ransomware infection, ZDNet has learned. The infection hit the company last week. Among the systems that had data encrypted during the incident were the company’s web servers. Signs of the incident are still visible online. Encrypted files and ransom notes ...

  • U.S. Air Force E-11A plane crashed in a Taliban held-territory in Afghanistan

    January 27, 2020

    A US Air Force E-11A plane crashed in Taliban-held territory in south-west Afghanistan. The initial reports indicated it was an Afghan Ariana passenger plane that crashed in Ghazni province with 83 people on board, but late the state-owned Afghan Ariana rejected the report and said in a statement that all their flights have been conducted normally. The ...

  • The US Army uses facial recognition to train AI. Now, it needs to protect it

    January 27, 2020

    The US Army has announced the development of software designed to prevent the compromise of facial recognition technology in military applications. A team from Duke University, led by electrical and computer engineering faculty members Dr. Helen Li and Dr. Yiran Chen, have created a system which, it is hoped, will be able to mitigate cyberattacks against the military’s ...

  • Exercise Crossed Swords 2020 Reached New Levels of Multinational and Interdisciplinary Cooperation

    January 26, 2020

    The 6th iteration of the annual cyber exercise Crossed Swords in Riga, Latvia, brought together more than 120 technical experts, Cyber Commands´ members, Special Forces operators and military police. Organized jointly by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) and CERT.LV, Crossed Swords has evolved from a purely technical red teaming workshop into a one ...

  • Afghan army helicopter gunned down in Helmand

    January 25, 2020

    Afghan National Army (ANA) helicopter crashed down in Kajaki district of southern Helman province on Saturday, as a result of which four Afghan soldiers were wounded. According to the 215 Maiwand Corps, the helicopter was shot down while landing, with no accurate information on who committed the shooting. An unknown source within the Afghan security forces reported ...

  • DISA Defending, Improving DOD Network, Director Says

    January 16, 2020

    The Defense Information Systems Agency’s mission is to provide, operate and defend global command and control and information-sharing capabilities for the entire Defense Department, national-level leaders and coalition partners, the agency’s director said. Navy Vice Adm. Nancy A. Norton, who also serves as commander of the Joint Force Headquarters Department of Defense Information Network, spoke at ...

  • US troops deploying to the Middle East told to leave personal devices at home

    January 13, 2020

    Amid growing tensions with Iran, the US deployed emergency troops to the Middle East last week. Before being sent overseas, paratroopers part of the US Army 82nd Airborne Division were told to leave personal devices like smartphones, tablets, and laptops at home, according to CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr, citing US Army Maj. Gen. James Mingus. The ...

  • Iran plane crash: Ukrainian jet was ‘unintentionally’ shot down

    January 11, 2020

    Iran has admitted “unintentionally” shooting down a Ukrainian passenger jet, killing all 176 people on board. An investigation found that “missiles fired due to human error”, President Hassan Rouhani said. He described the crash as an “unforgivable mistake”. The military said the jet turned towards a sensitive site belonging to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and was then mistaken ...

  • Niger says 25 soldiers killed in latest attack blamed on jihadist militants

    January 9, 2020

    Suspected Islamist militants killed 25 soldiers and wounded six others in an attack on an army post in west Niger near its border with Mali on Thursday, the government said in a statement. It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the attack on the post at Chinagodrar, about 130 miles (209 km) north of ...

  • Army Follows Pentagon Guidance, Bans Chinese-Owned TikTok App

    December 30, 2019

    The U.S. Army has reversed its policy on TikTok, Military.com has learned, banning soldiers from using the popular Chinese social media app, which is now considered a security threat. “It is considered a cyber threat,” Lt. Col. Robin Ochoa, an Army spokeswoman, told Military.com. “We do not allow it on government phones.” Just two months ago, Army recruiters were ...