The US Department of Defense has spent millions of dollars on research projects, including invisibility cloaks, high-energy laser weapons, "traversable wormholes" and "stargates," a batch of documents obtained through Freedom of information Act has revealed. The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) has obtained a list of nearly 40 research titles that were funded by Pentagon's Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) between 2007 and 2012. While some names may sound more or less futuristic but still plausible — such as "High Energy Laser Weapons" or "Pulsed High-Power Microwave Technology" — others sound like they come directly from conspiracy theories and science fiction TV series. Some of the wildest entries include "Advanced Space Propulsion Based on Vacuum," "Traversable Wormholes, Stargates and Negative Energy" and even "Warp Drive, Dark Energy and the Manipulation of Extra … [Read more...] about US Intel Agency’s Docs Reveal Warp Drive, Invisibility Cloak, Stargate Projects
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The US military is struggling to keep up with its adversaries' capabilities, says a report by Robert Behler, the Defense Department's director of operational test and evaluation (DOT&E). Bloomberg obtained a copy of the report, which it notes is expected to be discussed during a Senate Armed Services hearing on Tuesday.CC BY 2.0 / Georgia National GuardRussia, China, Cyber Domain Among Key Threats Targeted in US Intelligence Strategy Behler's report focuses on how well Pentagon combat testers were able to respond to "Red Teams," or in-house hackers from the Army's Threat Systems Management Office who probe DoD defenses for weaknesses. Behler's report found that over the past four years, "defenders demonstrated increasing ability to detect Red Team activity," but also noted that "defenders need to improve speed and accuracy for processing reported incidents." In other words, the Pentagon is … [Read more...] about Pentagon Struggles to Fix Cyber Vulnerabilities, Keep Up With New Threats
Jamie Bartlett 26 January 2019 9:00 AM 26 January 2019 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Surveillance Valley: The Secret Military History of the Internet Yasha LevineIcon, pp.371, £14.99 There is a trend in non-fiction — in fact my editor has been on to me about this lately — to reveal things. Apparently, readers like to feel they’ve got the inside track, even when there are no secrets to uncover. Perhaps this drove Yasha Levine to call his new book Surveillance Valley: The Secret Military History of the Internet. It promises to shine a light on the close and ongoing relationship between state surveillance and Silicon Valley. There are two problems with this. First, most of it is not secret. Second, I don’t think it’s right. For all its later ubiquity, the internet started life as a niche project funded by the US Advanced Research Project Agency (ARPA) in the 1960s to connect the tiny number of computers … [Read more...] about The internet was never intended to spy on us
For years criminal websites shrouded in secrecy have thrived beyond the reach of traditional search engines, but a group of French engineers has found a way to navigate this dark web -- a tool they don't want to fall into the wrong hands. "We insist on this ability to say 'no'," Nicolas Hernandez, co-founder and CEO of Aleph Networks, says at the company's offices near Lyon, in the heart of France's Beaujolais wine country. He said Aleph refused 30 to 40 percent of licensing requests for its "Google of the dark web," based on reviews by its ethics committee and input from its government clients. Most web users never venture beyond the bounds of sites easily found and accessed with casual web surfing. But people and sites seeking anonymity can hide behind layers of secrecy using easily available software like Tor or I2P. These sites can't be found by searching: instead, users have to type in the exact URL string of often random characters. In an authoritarian regime, a protest movement … [Read more...] about French start-up offers ‘dark web’ compass, but not for everyone
Ollie Neas for The Spinoff OPINION: Rocket Lab made history on Sunday as its first ever mission for NASA made orbit from the Mahia Peninsula. The mission was the first dedicated launch of miniature satellites, or CubeSats, for NASA by a commercial launch provider. But this was not the only reason the Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa)-19 was historic. It was also the first time a satellite for a US defence agency was launched from New Zealand. Although described as an "educational" mission, ELaNa-19 included a satellite that will conduct research for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, the Pentagon agency which develops cutting-edge technology for the US military. Rocket Lab aims to launch a rocket every week by 2020 NZ's Rocket Lab successfully puts NASA satellites in orbit ACC joins Rocket Lab's multimillion dollar investment round DARPA's involvement with this satellite, called the SHFT-1, has not been publicly disclosed by Rocket Lab. Nor does it … [Read more...] about Has Rocket Lab made New Zealand a launch pad for United States defence satellites?