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The Cautious Path to Strategic Advantage: How Militaries Should Plan for AI

EFF White Paper: “In June, Google executives announced that the company would be backing away from its provision of AI services to the U.S. military drone program, and would not continue that work after the Project Maven contract is completed. This was in response to a campaign from Google’s own employees, with thousands calling on the company to discontinue its new defense contracting work, and some even beginning to resign over the issue. The new AI ethics principles that Google adopted in response to the debate go beyond military questions, but they do potentially place important limits on whether the company would assist in command, control, or intelligence analysis for weapons systems or other military applications. The principles may well become a model for other major technology companies. But regardless of any actions taken by the big tech companies, the U.S. and other governments have plenty of their own resources to assemble machine learning initiatives. This includes working with companies that have much less cultural accountability to the public, consumers, or even their own engineering staff than Google does. And whether governments are acting alone, with Silicon Valley or with other companies, militaries and their contractors need to carefully consider potential dangers, and weigh the consequences of different technology development paths, before going “all in” on AI and machine learning…”

Actions Needed to Improve National Nuclear Security Administration Contract Document Management

Management Report: Actions Needed to Improve National Nuclear Security Administration Contract Document Management. GAO-18-246R: Published: Aug 1, 2018. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 2018. “The National Nuclear Security Administration spent over $11 billion in 2016 on management and operating contracts at the federal sites that maintain the U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal, among other things. We found… Continue Reading

Foreign Economic Espionage in Cyberspace 2018

Foreign Economic Espionage in Cyberspace 2018 – Economic cyber espionage will only get worse, ODNI report says “In the 2011 report to Congress on Foreign Spies Stealing U.S. Economic Secrets in Cyberspace, the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive provided a baseline assessment of the many dangers facing the U.S. research, development, and manufacturing sectors… Continue Reading

DHS announces US critical infrastructure at risk from Russia

WSJ – DHS Forms New Cyber Hub to Protect Critical U.S. Infrastructure Secretary Nielsen Says ‘Our Intelligence Community Had it Right’ About Russian Interference – What What What ⸮⸮⸮ [see my previous posting about this punctuation mark] As this article is behind a paywall – you may want to avail yourself via US-CERT of the… Continue Reading

American Airlines, TSA Testing New State-of-the-Art Screening Technology in New York

American Airlines Newsroom: “Research and development efforts have shown that CT is the most consequential technology available today for airport checkpoints worldwide. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), working collaboratively with American Airlines, is demonstrating a new computed tomography (CT) scanner at the Terminal 8 security checkpoint at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).… Continue Reading

DOJ Report of the Attorney General’s Cyber Digital Task Force

United States Department of Justice, Office of the Deputy Attorney General, Cyber-Digital Task Force Report. July 2, 2018. “In February 2018, the Attorney General established a Cyber-Digital Task Force within the Department and directed the Task Force to answer two basic, foundational questions: How is the Department responding to cyber threats? And how can federal… Continue Reading

How the Russians did it – unwrapping Mueller’s latest indictment

What Mueller’s Latest Indictment Reveals About Russian and U.S. Spycraft “Special Counsel Robert Mueller, as part of his investigation into interference with the 2016 presidential election, charged 12 Russian military intelligence officers with conducting “large-scale cyber operations to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election.” The indictment contains a surprising amount of technical information about alleged Russian… Continue Reading

Putin: The one-man show the West doesn’t understand

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists – Putin: The one-man show the West doesn’t understand – Fiona Hill, Published online: 13 Apr 2016. “The West is at an inflection point in its relations with Russia; the stakes for having an accurate understanding of its president, Vladimir Putin, have never been higher. A misreading of this man… Continue Reading

Gov Doc Blog provides background and historical context to Russian interference in 2016 US election

Via GOVDOC-L: “On Friday, the Department of Justice announced indictments against 12 officers of the Glavnoye Razvedyvatel’noye Upravlenie (GRU), the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Russian Armed Forces General Staff. While unfamiliar to most Americans, the GRU has a long history of operating within and against the United States, dating back to the 1920s. In… Continue Reading

Penetrating a Social Network: The Follow-back Problem

Penetrating a Social Network: The Follow-back Problem Fanyu Que, Krishnan Rajagopalan, Tauhid Zaman (Submitted on 8 Apr 2018) arXiv:1804.02608 [cs.SI] (or arXiv:1804.02608v1 [cs.SI] for this version) “Modern threats have emerged from the prevalence of social networks. Hostile actors, such as extremist groups or foreign governments, utilize these networks to run propaganda campaigns with different aims.… Continue Reading

NARA’s Information Security Oversight Office 2017 Report to the President

“This report, mandated by Executive Order 13526, covers implementation by Government agencies’ of the security classification program and the Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) program. The report calls for fuller implementation of the CUI program, and provides recommendations to aid in modernizing the security classification system, which has an estimated annual cost to Government of over $18.39 billion. It calls for… Continue Reading

New books – Wars of None: AI, Big Data, and the Future of Insurgency

Lawfare: “…The definitive work on emerging technology and insurgency has yet be written, but two recent books offer suggestions for how the era of big data and AI will affect the United States’ modern conflicts. Small Wars, Big Data: The Information Revolution in Modern Conflict, by Eli Berman, Joseph Felter, and Jacob Shapiro, offers few… Continue Reading