January 21, 2018

Drones Sending Sensitive US Data to China’s Cloud

ICE intelligence suggests small drones by Chinese firm Da Jiang Innovations (DJI) and purchased in the US were likely downloading sensitive US infrastructure data to the Chinese government’s cloud.

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Arms Sales Rise for First Time Since 2010

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Global arms sales by the world’s top 100 defense contractors rose last year for the first time since 2010,

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First DoD-Wide Audit Announced

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The Pentagon’s office of the inspector general announced the start of the first agencywide financial audit. Beginning in 2018, audits will occur annually.

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Boeing Loses Canada Hornet Deal to Australia

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Canada dashes Boeing’s hopes for a buy of 18 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet jets, instead seeking an interim buy of used F/A-18 Hornets from Australia.

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F-35s, Microwave Missiles – US Counters N Korea

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Weaponizing F-35s and new microwave missiles are among the developing arsenal of US counter measures in the face of North Korea’s continuing missile launches.

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New Effort to Coordinate DoD Research, Development

DoD Research

The Pentagon is drafting a list of desired technologies as part of a new modernization strategy to coordinate DoD’s research and development, including at US laboratories and government-funded research centers. The goal is to make sure that the military is aligned across the services.

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Scrambling to Avoid Gov’t Shutdown

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Congress is scrambling to avoid a government shutdown. Republicans push for a short-term funding measure.

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Russian Jet Buzzes Navy Poseidon

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A Navy P-8A Poseidon flying over the Black Sea was rocked when a Russian jet flew just 50 feet in front of the American aircraft, leaving the Poseidon in the fighter’s afterburners.

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Chinese Nationals Indicted for Hacking

Indicted for Hacking

US indicts three Chinese nationals for hacking into Moody’s Analytics, Siemens AG, and Trimble computer networks, alleging the hackers used email phishing scams and malware to try to steal business secrets.

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Navy Wants More Powerful Warships

Navy Wants More Powerful Warships

The Navy is asking for proposals for multi-mission warships that would be more heavily armed — and slower — than the littoral combat ships. These new ships would be capable of shooting down airplanes, attacking other ships, and countering submarines.

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