Tag Archives: Warfare

XKeyscore: NSA tool collects ‘nearly everything a user does on the Internet’

NSA analysts require no prior authorization for searches of emails, social media activity, and browsing history A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals — its “widest-reaching” system for developing intelligence from the […]

Edward Snowden: NSA whistleblower answers reader questions

Edward Snowden took readers’ questions on why he revealed the NSA’s top-secret surveillance of U.S. citizens, the international storm that has ensued, and the uncertain future he now faces, The Guardian reports. [A few  excerpts — Editor.] Q: Some skepticism exists about certain of your claims, including this: “I, sitting at my desk, certainly had the authorities […]

Pentagon aircraft, missile defense programs target of China cyber threat

(Credit: iStockphoto) New revelations that China used cyberattacks to access data from nearly 40 Pentagon weapons programs and almost 30 other defense technologies have increased pressure on U.S. leaders to take more strident action against Beijing to stem the persistent breaches, The Washington Post reports. The disclosure, which was included in a Defense Science Board report released […]

Russia developing anti-terrorist robots

Robots at the Robofest-2013 youth festival in Moscow (credit: RIA Novosti, Artem Zhitenev) Russian experts are developing robots designed to minimize casualties in terrorist attacks and neutralize terrorists, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on May 17, RIA Novosti reports. Robots could also help evacuate injured servicemen and civilians from the scene of a terrorist attack, […]

A 3D-printed navy?

The Northrop Grumman-built Triton unmanned aircraft system completed its first flight on May 22, 2013. Could a future version be 3D-printed? (Credit: Northrop Grumman by Bob Brown) Instead a carrying spare parts, space-constrained U.S. Navy ships in the future might carry 3-D printers and bags of various powdered ingredients, and simply download the design files […]

Pentagon says nuclear missile is in reach for North Korea

North Korean test site where a nuclear test took place February 12, 2013 (credit: Google Earth) A new assessment by the Pentagon’s intelligence arm has concluded for the first time, with “moderate confidence,” that North Korea has learned how to make a nuclear weapon small enough to be delivered by a ballistic missile, according to The New York […]

DARPA SHOWS OFF 1.8-GIGAPIXEL SURVEILLANCE DRONE, CAN SPOT A TERRORIST FROM 20,000 FEET

ARGUS view from 20,000 feet DARPA and the US Army have taken the wraps off ARGUS-IS, a 1.8-gigapixel video surveillance platform that can resolve details as small as six inches from an altitude of 20,000 feet (6km), ExtremeTech reports. ARGUS is by far the highest-resolution surveillance platform in the world, and probably the highest-resolution camera in the […]

DARPA Looks to Make Cyberwar Routine With Secret ‘Plan X’

(Col. Todd Wood (right), commander of 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, briefs National Security Agency director Gen. Keith Alexander at Forward Operating Base Masum Ghar in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. Photo: Sgt. Michael Blalack/U.S. Army) The Pentagon’s top research arm is unveiling a new, classified cyberwarfare project. But it’s not about building the next […]