Interview with Roxie Merritt – Director of New Media Operations at the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs in the U.S. Department of Defense

USASOC turns 20
Twenty years ago last week, the Army activated U.S. Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg with then-Lt. Gen. Gary E. Luck as the first commander.

U.S. sees homegrown Muslim extremism as rising threat
This may have been the most dangerous year since 9/11, anti-terrorism experts say.

Reducing India-Pak tension important for America’s strategic interests: US NSA
“The strategic interests of the United States lie more to the east of Afghanistan, for the future. Pakistan is a nuclear state, next to it is another nuclear state India,” Jones said, in an interview to Fox News.

Ariane rocket to launch French spy satellite
The satellite, Helios 2B is slated to blast off on a European Ariane rocket at 1:26 p.m. (1626 GMT) on Wednesday from the European Space Agency launch site in French Guiana.

DoD: Cloud Will Save Us ‘Hundreds of Millions’
“This is a radical shift,” Sienkiewicz said yesterday at the Gartner Data Center Conference in Las Vegas. “We really believe we will be able to save hundreds of millions of dollars as we go forward with this model.”

IT weaknesses plague DHS
Weak internal controls are putting Homeland Security’s financial information at risk, according to an independent audit from accounting firm KPMG.

Cyber hacking could be a thing of the past
High-profile websites are constantly under threat from hackers attempting to paralyse their websites but new research could make such attacks computationally impossible. This research will be one of the topics discussed at a major international conference on the theory and application of cryptology and information security in Japan this week. Three papers by academics from Bristol University’s Department of Computer Science will be presented at the ASIACRYPT conference in Tokyo

Technology and Cyber War
This excerpt from my chapter The Four Pillars of Cyber War that will appear in the soon to be published Surviving Cyber War(Government Institutes, 2010) may serve as a basis for considering the weaponization of digital technologies for engaging in cyber war.

Boot The Warrior Off Our Internet
Nations are beginning their foray into the “weaponization” or “militarization” of our open Internet and will continue unless stopped.

A Talk with Mohsen Kadivar (and friends): Justice and Political Islam
Yesterday I went to a talk by Mohsen Kadivar, an Iranian cleric who is currently lecturing stateside and on a speaking tour. He is one of the intellectual leaders of the Green Movement that picked up after the Iranian elections this year.

Orbital Sciences moves ahead with plan to create satellites with orbiting clusters of modules
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va., plans to award a $77 million follow-on contract to Orbital Sciences Corp. in Dulles, Va., to continue developing fractionated satellite technology, which uses separate orbiting modules connected by wireless links, rather than a monolithic satellite architecture.

General Dynamics wins $54 million by U.S. Marine Corps for Combat Operations Centers
The COCs will enable command and control operations for Marines deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq, from division or air-wing headquarters to the regimental level. The COCs also support pre-deployment training at locations in the United States.

Worth Watching: SouthCaucasus

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