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DARPA, Army & Team Platypus: Big Boosts For Artificial Intelligence « Breaking Defense - Defense industry news, analysis and commentary
The whole military is keenly interested in artificial intelligence to sort through hundreds of terabytes of surveillance imagery and video collected by satellites and drones, sorting terrorists from civilians and legitimate targets from, say, hospitals. That’s the purpose of the infamous Project Maven, which Google pulled out of on ethical grounds (while secretly helping China censor Google Search). But AI object recognition is another nascent science. Former DARPA director Arati Prabhakar liked to show reporters an image of a baby playing with a toothbrush that a cutting-edge AI had labeled “a young boy is holding a baseball bat.”
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3 hours ago by bwiese
Cyber Force Fights Training Shortfalls: NSA, IONs, & RIOT « Breaking Defense - Defense industry news, analysis and commentary
three critical specialties on a team:

1) tool developers, who write the customized code — often exquisitely tailored to the specific target — required for cyber warfare;
2) exploitation analysts, who look at the intelligence on a target network and figure out how best to attack it; and
3) Interactive On-Net (ION) operators, who probe hostile, friendly, and neutral networks for weak points.

Pentagon’s created a Cyber Excepted Service that frees them from many of the usual civil service constraints and provides an ever-growing array of incentives, including greater pay for higher skill
cybercom  nsa  cybersecurity  military  disa 
3 hours ago by bwiese
Best bad idea ever? Why Putin’s nuclear-powered missile is possible… and awful | Ars Technica
Nuclear-powered cruise missiles? The US worked on them in the 1950s.
In a March 1, 2018 speech before Russia's Federal Assembly, Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed new strategic weapons being developed to counter United States ballistic missile defenses. Two of these weapons are allegedly nuclear powered: a previously revealed intercontinental-range nuclear torpedo and a cruise missile. As Putin described them:
Russia’s advanced arms are based on the cutting-edge, unique achievements of our scientists, designers, and engineers. One of them is a small-scale, heavy-duty nuclear energy unit that can be installed in a missile like our latest X-101 air-launched missile or the American Tomahawk missile—a similar type but with a range dozens of times longer, dozens—basically an unlimited range. It is a low-flying stealth missile carrying a nuclear warhead, with almost an unlimited range, unpredictable trajectory and ability to bypass interception boundaries. It is invincible against all existing and prospective missile defense and counter-air defense systems.
Defense and nuclear disarmament experts did a double take. "I'm still kind of in shock," Edward Geist, a Rand Corporation researcher specializing in Russia, told NPR. "My guess is they're not bluffing, that they've flight-tested this thing. But that's incredible."
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16 hours ago by rgl7194
Right-Wing Authoritarianism on the Rise: Brazilians Can Halt the Trend
Explains the cycle of how economic & political corruption work together as ruling class takes over and bankrupts nations
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2 days ago by csrollyson
American assassin mercs
UAE hired American ex-special forces to murder people in Yemen
yemen  uae  assassination  america  politics  military  mercenaries 
2 days ago by nelson

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