Little Cyber Security for US Missile Defence System

No data encryption, no antivirus programs, no multifactor authentication mechanisms, and 28-year-old unpatched vulnerabilities are just some of the cyber-security failings described in a security audit of the US' ballistic missile system released on Friday by the US Department of Defense Inspector General (DOD IG). The report [PDF] was put together earlier this year, in April, after … Continue reading Little Cyber Security for US Missile Defence System

Price tag of the ‘war on terror’ will top $6 trillion soon

https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2018/11/14/price-tag-of-the-war-on-terror-will-top-6-trillion-soon/ The price tag of the ongoing “war on terror” in the Middle East will likely top $6 trillion next year, and will reach $7 trillion if the conflicts continue into the early 2020s, according to a new report out Wednesday. The annual Costs of War project report, from the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown … Continue reading Price tag of the ‘war on terror’ will top $6 trillion soon

The Pentagon’s Industrial Policy

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176490/tomgram%3A_william_hartung%2C_the_pentagon%27s_plan_to_dominate_the_economy His plan is now visibly taking shape -- one we can see and assess thanks to a Pentagon-led study with a distinctly tongue-twisting title: “Assessing and Strengthening the Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base and Supply Chain Resiliency of the United States.” The analysis is the brainchild of Trump’s adviser for trade and manufacturing policy, Peter Navarro, who … Continue reading The Pentagon’s Industrial Policy

Is Climate the Worst Casualty of War?

by Stacy Bannerman https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/07/31/climate-worst-casualty-war How do you clear a room of climate activists? Start talking about war. It’s not just environmentalists that leave; it’s pretty much everyone. Mission accomplished by the Bush Administration, which sent the military and their families to war and the rest of the country to an amusement park. The military-civilian divide … Continue reading Is Climate the Worst Casualty of War?

Google Is Helping the Pentagon Build AI for Drones

Google has partnered with the United States Department of Defense to help the agency develop artificial intelligence for analyzing drone footage, a move that set off a firestorm among employees of the technology giant when they learned of Google’s involvement. Google’s pilot project with the Defense Department’s Project Maven, an effort to identify objects in drone … Continue reading Google Is Helping the Pentagon Build AI for Drones