Science & Tech

The Air Force’s Latest GPS Alternative: Earth’s Magnetic Fields

Officials just launched a public challenge to help create the artificial intelligence needed to turn the planet’s magnetic fields into readable maps.

Why America Is Afraid of TikTok

The company’s founder says in an interview that he wants it to be “a window” on the world. A Republican senator says it is a “Trojan horse.”

EU’s First Cyber Sanctions Target Russian, North Koreans, Chinese Attackers

The EU singled out perpetrators that attacked British hospitals, Ukranian infrastructure, and the Pyeongchang Olympics.

Pentagon Aims to Support More Sensitive Telework By Year's End

The Defense Department is also in “an active conversation” about sustaining telework post-pandemic, according to Chief Information Officer Dana Deasy.

Busting Up Big Tech is Popular, But Here’s what the US May Lose

Lawmakers don’t like them, but what they bring to the competition with China may be too valuable to break up.

Was the Pentagon’s Blacklist of Chinese Companies Justified?

An independent study of the list found China uses its favored companies to wipe out competition and spread economic influence.

The Pentagon's Platform One Offers an Ambitious Model for the Future of Software

In an interview, the Air Force’s chief software officer described the potential for a profound transformation for cybersecurity.

New Intelligence-Community AI Principles Seek to Make Tools Useful — and Law-Abiding

Over the last five years, AI has grown considerably, as has public concern about its use, particularly for national security purposes.

Russia Tests a Satellite That Rams Other Satellites, US Says

It’s the latest Russian weapon being developed to attack American spacecraft, Space Force leader says.

Russia’s Attempted Vaccine Hack Suggests Research — and Putin’s Grand Plan — Has Stalled

The Kremlin’s cyber attack on the UK, U.S., and Canada suggests their coronavirus vaccine — and a key Putin promise — is far from reality.

Wednesday’s Hack Shows that The Whole World Is in Your Twitter DMs

We treat direct messages on Twitter as private conversations. Last night’s hack shows that isn’t the case.

Build Allies Into Tomorrow’s Battlefield Network, Army Leaders Say

The service is trying to build a communications network that’s big enough to include coalition partners but small enough to fit on a truck and drive off to war.

Coronavirus ‘Shattered the Myth’ that Defense Civilians Can’t Telework, Official Says

The workforce's response to the pandemic is reshaping ideas about the "new normal" work setup, two Defense Department officials said.

Peter Thiel’s New Man In The Defense Department

The new head of defense research and engineering comes from the White House with a relatively light resume.

Inside the Volunteer Supercomputer Team That's Hunting for COVID Clues

The White House's team recently added the world's fastest computer to its informal network of more than 40.