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Israel: Doubts Concerning the Performance of the National...

The public uproar over the establishment of the National Cyber Bureau is far from subsiding. Following the request made by security, legal and technology experts to Israel’s Attorney General to regulate the jurisdiction and the legal limitations in the framework of this new body, it turns out that even when it comes to the authorities the Bureau was vested with, it cannot be said to be operating per an organized plan...... 015/01/israel-doub ts-concerning-perf ormance-national-c yber-bureau/  (Jan 22, 2015 | post #1)

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U.S. Military to Spend Billions on Drones

U.S. military leaders plan to spend $2.45 billion next year on unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) procurement and research, with the RQ-4 Global Hawk, MQ-9 Reaper, and the experimental U.S. Navy Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance And Strike (UCLASS) system expected to be the biggest winners. The Pentagon’s proposed flying drone budget of $2.45 billion in fiscal 2015 is up 15.8 percent from this year’s enacted UAV spending level of 2.1 billion, and is up 3 percent from what the Pentagon requested for this year, according to Pentagon budget documents. 014/03/u-s-militar y-spend-billions-d rones/  (Mar 16, 2014 | post #1)

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iHLS TV – Unmanned Systems Edition

Facebook acquires UAV developer Titan Aerospace Israeli ERE35 UAV creating interest around the world Orbital develops new UAV engine Russian troops receive new surveillance drones 014/03/ihls-tv-unm anned-systems-edit ion/  (Mar 15, 2014 | post #1)

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U.S. Army: Robot Soldiers to Replace Humans

The U.S. army is considering the feasibility of shrinking the size of the brigade combat team from about 4,000 soldiers to 3,000 over the coming years, and replacing the lost soldiers with robots and unmanned platforms. Defense News quotes a senior U.S. army officer that said recently “I’ve got clear guidance to think about what if you could robotically perform some of the tasks in terms of maneuverability, in terms of the future of the force,” he said, adding that he also has “clear guidance to rethink” the size of the nine-man infantry squad. 014/01/u-s-army-ro bot-soldiers-repla ce-humans/  (Jan 28, 2014 | post #1)

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Pentagon Orders Hundreds of Small Reconnaissance Robots

FirstLook is engineered with visible cameras, long-wave infrared sensors and thermal cameras – all designed to gather and beam back images and video of nearby terrain such as buildings, caves or any potential IED or hazardous location, said Mark Belanger, director of iRobot’s robotic products. According to Defense Tech most of the roughly 500 FirstLook robots delivered to the U.S. military have been sent to Afghanistan, he said. The small size of the robot is designed, among other things, to better enable movement for dismounted infantry units carrying a lot of gear. FirstLook can travel at speeds of 3.8 MPH and has a small manipulator arm that can pick up 2.5 pounds of C4 explosive material, Belanger added. First delivered in 2012, the FirstLook has a line-of-sight range of about 200 meters and uses standard RF technology and tele-operation for navigation. The Pentagon’s Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, or JIEDDO, ordered roughly 100 FirstLook robots in March of 2012 in a $1.5 million deal. Since that time, iRobot has gone on to deliver about 400 more FirstLook robots to U.S. military and law enforcement entities, company officials said 014/01/pentagon-or ders-hundreds-of-s mall-reconnaissanc e-robots/  (Jan 8, 2014 | post #1)

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New Russian Rotary-Wing UAV

Russian Helicopters, the company that produces rotorcraft in Russia, has shown a demonstrator future rotary-wing unmanned aircraft system to the country’s Airborne Forces (VDV), the company announced last week. “The holding is developing future rotor-wing systems suitable for the airborne forces, infantry and other units,” Russian Helicopters’ General Director Alexander Mikheyev said. According to UAS Vision the new rotary-wing UAV will considerably increase the effectiveness of the forces’ unified information and intelligence gathering system on the battlefield. No system details were given. 014/01/new-russian -rotary-wing-uav/  (Jan 8, 2014 | post #1)

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map of the world weapons

According to Gizmodo the map seems to group weapons that are of a similar family together by color. Obviously, there are many, many more types of rifles than the ones shown on the map, but as Gizmodo notes, the “map gives a general gist of each military’s standardization.” 013/10/a-map-of-th e-worlds-weapons/  (Oct 8, 2013 | post #1)

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In-Motion Identification Access Control system

Ever saw Minority Report? because that technology is here. 013/10/israeli-acc ess-control-soluti on-wins-u-s-securi ty-award/  (Oct 7, 2013 | post #1)

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Hassan Rouhani and the Spiritual Leader: A New Style of N...

Within just a few short weeks, using a sophisticated, complex, low cost move (the cost included having eggs and shoes thrown at his car), Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s new president, succeeded in changing the rules of the Iranian nuclear game. The change generated by Rouhani consists of two interdependent aspects: an historic breakthrough to direct dialogue with the United States at the very highest echelons, and the projection of a more moderate approach that can – according to Rouhani and the United States – resolve differences and lead to an agreement on the nuclear issue within a short time. The relationship between the US and Iranian presidents – so far manifested in written exchanges and one publicized telephone call – could make it possible, for the first time since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, for the two nations’ leaders to discuss disputed issues directly and attempt to resolve them. 013/10/hassan-rouh ani-and-the-spirit ual-leader-a-new-s tyle-of-negotiatio ns/  (Oct 6, 2013 | post #1)

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More DNA for identification needed

“After a conflict or a disaster, if remains are burned, mangled, decayed or comingled, the only way to identify them may be by using DNA,” said lead author Alex John London, professor of philosophy in CMU’s Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences and director of the university’s Center for Ethics and Policy. “In low- and middle-income settings, such technology may not be available, or not available in sufficient capacity to handle the surge in demand associated with a mass casualty event. Not being able to identify a missing loved one can have emotional, social, and economic implications that can be most dire for those who are already the most vulnerable.” 013/09/more-equita ble-access-to-dna- identification-aft er-disaster-or-con flict-needed/  (Sep 22, 2013 | post #1)

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Signs of Shift to Intel-Driven Cyber Defense 013/09/signs-of-sh ift-to-intel-drive n-defense/ The first two minutes of a CYBERattack are crucial – that’s when the attacker sets up camp and downloads additional malware to dig in and establish a firm foothold in the victim organization’s network. But traditional malware detection technologies typically can’t keep up with that tight of a deadline, nor are the network and endpoint security systems in sync to catch it that quickly.  (Sep 16, 2013 | post #1)

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The Chemical Attack in Syria and its far reaching implica... 013/09/the-chemica l-attack-in-syria- and-its-far-reachi ng-implications/ The chemical attacks in Syria could lower the bar for use of chemical weapons by terrorist organizations or rogue nations that could eventually pose a threat to the United States, says Alexander Garza, M.D., former assistant secretary of health affairs and chief medical officer at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  (Sep 2, 2013 | post #1)

The cost of the U.S. strike against Syria

Even before the launch of a single cruise missile against a Syrian target in Washington the calculators are working full time to determine the price of the U.S. action. A cruise missile strike against Syria could cost the Pentagon hundreds of millions of dollars in weapons, according to experts and government documents. 013/09/the-cost-of -the-u-s-strike-ag ainst-syria/  (Sep 1, 2013 | post #1)

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Israel has evidence on the Syrian chemical attack

Israeli sources said that the IDF’s intelligence unit, Unit 8200 – which, among other intelligence operations, routinely eavesdrops on communications among military and political leaders in Syria — has recordings of senior Syrian political and military officials discussing the timing and scope of the chemical attack last Wednesday against civilians in rebel-held areas. Israeli intelligence sources have also identified the Syrian military unit which fired the chemical weapons: the 155th Brigade of the 4th Armored Division of the Syrian Army, a division under the command of the Syrian president’s brother, Maher Assad. 013/08/foreign-sou rces-israel-obtain ed-proof-about-the -syrian-attack/  (Aug 27, 2013 | post #1)

New threat to aviation – explosives concealed in breast i...

Heathrow Airport security has been on high alert amid reports of a new type of terrorist threat to aviation: explosives concealed in breast implants. The Telegraph reports that security checks have been beefed up following “credible” intelligence that al Qaeda operatives may use the method to attack airlines flying out of London. 013/08/new-threat- to-aviation-explos ives-concealed-in- breast-implants/  (Aug 26, 2013 | post #1)