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Pentagon's JEDI mind tricks at odds with our 'values' says Google: Ad giant evaporates from $10bn cloud contract bid

Google has withdrawn from bidding on a multi-billion US military cloud contract, citing corporate values. And a lack of certification. The Chocolate Factory confirmed in a statement on Monday that it has dropped out of the race against tech giants to bag the Pentagon's US$10bn Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) …
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US Senator Ron Wyden to Pentagon: Encrypt your websites

As if trying to buy a flying fleet of F-35s wasn't enough, now the Department of Defense is being asked to secure its Websites. In a letter [PDF] sent by US Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) to the DoD's CIO Dana Deasy, Wyden points out that HTTPS and HSTS (to direct browsers to the HTTPS site if they request the unencrypted version) …

Uncle Sam needs you... to debug, improve Dept of Defense open-source software at

The US Department of Defense wants you to contribute unclassified code to software projects developed in support of national security. Toward that end, it has launched, which points to a Github repository intended to offer public access to code financed by public money. But at the moment, the DoD's repo lacks any …
Thomas Claburn, 25 Feb 2017

Make America, wait, what again? US Army may need foreign weapons to keep up

Making America great again may require foreign-made weapon systems, a possibility that would contravene the Trump administration's stated goal to "buy American and hire American." A Congressional Research Service (CRS) report published last week, "Selected Foreign Counterparts of U.S. Army Ground Combat Systems and …
Thomas Claburn, 23 Jan 2017

US Army bug hunters in 'state of fear' that sees flaws go unreported

The US Army has gaping holes in its information security infrastructure and operates an environment of vulnerability reporting fear, according to current and former members of the department's cyber wing. Captain Michael Weigand and Captain Rock Stevens make the comments in an academic piece on the Cyber Defense Review, a …
Darren Pauli, 27 Oct 2015
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BAE points electromagnetic projectile at US Army

BAE Systems, which has been working with the US Navy on its futuristic railgun weapon project, has suggested the Mach 7 electromagnetic metal-slinger could be useful for the next generation of the US Army's Bradley Fighting Vehicle. The Brit company made the comments at the Association of the US Army annual conference, …
An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Black Eagles of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Credit: US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joseph M. Buliavac

Nvidia chases defense, intelligence ISVs with GPUs

The defense industry already accounts for somewhere between 10 and 15 per cent of Nvidia's Tesla GPU coprocessor sales and is a big chunk of the sales of Quadro high-end graphics cards, as well. And Sumit Gupta, general manager of the Tesla Accelerated Computing business unit at the company, says that there is a lot more …

Star Wars missile intercept fails for fifth year running

A test of the fledgling US missile defense system, dubbed Star Wars, has had yet another setback after an interception missile launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California failed to find its target over the Pacific. "Although a primary objective was the intercept of a long-range ballistic missile target launched from …
Iain Thomson, 8 Jul 2013
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US Navy preps railgun for tests

The US Navy’s Office of Naval Research is preparing to test a prototype railgun delivered by BAE Systems under a $US21 million contract signed in 2010. The industry prototype – a kind of dream machine for Mythbusters’ fans – is due for tests in coming weeks at a facility in Dahlgren, Virginia. The ONR’s aim is to develop a …
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Military contractor warns of new Adobe Reader exploit

Attackers are exploiting a vulnerability in the latest versions of Adobe Reader and Acrobat applications to hijack computers running Microsoft Windows, Adobe warned on Tuesday. The vulnerability, which corrupts memory involved with the U3D, or Universal 3D, file format, was reported by members of Lockheed Martin's computer …
Dan Goodin, 6 Dec 2011
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Japan's Parliament, defense contractor, pierced by hackers

Sensitive data belonging to 480 lawmakers and their staff may have been exposed for more than a month, after computers in Japan's Parliament were infected by malware, it was widely reported on Tuesday. The data-stealing trojan compromised computers used by three members of the Lower House, and possibly a server, The New York …
Dan Goodin, 25 Oct 2011
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UK plans increased spending on cyber-security

Britain will have no option but to invest in better cyber-security, the Defence Secretary told MPs this week. An awkwardly-worded reply by Defence Secretary Liam Fox to questions in the House of Commons suggests that cuts in information security spending are not on the agenda for the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR …
John Leyden, 14 Sep 2010

US military gets a camouflaged cloud

The Defense Information Service Agency - the US military's IT department - has made its cloud service available for real applications. Up until now it has only been used for testing applications. The DoD's Rapid Access Computing Environment (RACE) launched in October 2008, and is part of the Agency's effort to "posture the …
John Oates, 7 Oct 2009
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US Defense Dept shuffles self

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Monday outlined a sweeping set of changes to the Department of Defense's budget that he described "will profoundly reform how this department does business". The changes cut many a congressperson's pet project, shuffle billions out of some programs and into others, and thoroughly reorganize …
Rik Myslewski, 7 Apr 2009

US Navy SEALs buy twin-screen laptops, refuse Vista

You know how it is. You're a power user, an alpha nerd. You just aren't happy without multiple screens - a puny one-screen desktop isn't enough for the multiple video feeds, apps and so forth that are essential to your working life. But that's too bad, because you are also a deadly US Navy SEAL supertrooper. Your video feeds …
Lewis Page, 10 Feb 2009
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Top Qinetiq raider to retire with vast treasure chest

Sir John Chisholm, the famous biz kingpin who led a decade-long corporate raid on the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and amassed a huge personal fortune while doing so, is reportedly about to retire. The Times reports that Qinetiq, the firm assembled by Chisholm and his associates from privatised government laboratories and US …
Lewis Page, 9 Feb 2009
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MoD orders £3m anti-friendly-fire 'Combat ID Server'

Controversial gov-plunder warboffinry firm Qinetiq - in partnership with US armsbiz giants - has won a £3m deal from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for a prototype server intended to prevent "friendly fire" incidents. Qinetiq will ally with General Dynamics and Rockwell Collins to provide the MoD with a "Joint Data Network …
Lewis Page, 6 Feb 2009
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British troops to wear smart earplugs in Afghan combat

British troops getting ready to deploy to Afghanistan are being issued with electronic sound-cancelling earplugs designed to let them hear what they need to - orders, conversations, enemy footfalls - but prevent hearing damage caused by explosions, gunfire and so on. News of the new digi-plugs comes courtesy of the Times, …
Lewis Page, 6 Feb 2009

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