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US Air Force Wants Wargames that Simulate Lasers, Electromagnetic Weapons

The sims are meant to teach airmen about these new weapons and help the Air Force develop new tactics and procedures.

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Pentagon Will Default To Trusting Other Agencies’ Cloud Security Assessments

DoD, which has had success reusing other agencies’ authorizations, will make reciprocity the rule rather than the exception.

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White House Updates National Artificial Intelligence Strategy

The updated National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan adds an additional priority to the seven outlined in the plan from the Obama administration.

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Border Patrol Wants Robots that Can Go Underground and Report Back

Homeland Security is looking for innovative robots that can navigate underground tunnels and communicate with headquarters.

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US Seeks Technology to Help Allies Avoid Bombing Civilians

Pentagon officials are looking for tools and methods that can be declassified and shared with international partners.

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ICE Wants To Track Electronic Devices — Through Time

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is soliciting for a cloud-based system that can geolocate devices using multiple sources, including apps.

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Six New Technologies NRO Wants

The spy agency is offering up to half a million dollars for promising prototypes.

Threats

After Executive Order, Trump Administration Puts More Pressure On Huawei

The Chinese telecom company can no longer buy U.S. tech without a waiver, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced Thursday.

Threats

State-Sponsored Breaches of US Government Networks Rose 168% Last Year: Report

“Cyber-espionage is rampant in the public sector," Verizon analysts wrote in their annual study of data breaches.

Threats

Pentagon Shifts Much Classroom Training to Another Federal Agency

The Office of Personnel Management will use the Defense Department learn how employees learn and where more training is needed.

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One Defense Agency is Building a Bot Army

And it's saving the department hundreds of thousands of work hours a year, a defense official said.

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AI Is Already Keeping Tabs on 1 Million Clearance Holders

Trusted Workforce 2.0 tools regularly scan a set of data sources for anomalies in the behaviors of more than a million federal and private workers.

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CYBERCOM Seeks Troops Who Can Wield Artificial Intelligence

AI won’t solve the military’s shortage of cyber professionals but can act as a force multiplier to ease the strain.

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The Security Clearance Process Is About to Get Its Biggest Overhaul in 50 Years

Intelligence and human capital officials are about to make the rounds to show off Trusted Workforce 2.0, a framework to completely change how the government makes security clearance determinations.

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Trump Calls For More Biometric Scans, Data Sharing To Stop Terrorism

International travelers can expect to see more facial recognition and other biometric technologies per the latest national security strategy document.

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When Delete’s Not Good Enough: Navy to Burn 2 Tons of Digital Storage

Researchers at the Naval Surface Warfare Center have a lot of classified information stored on digital devices and issued a solicitation to literally watch it all burn.

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The US Is Buying Phone Hacking Tools for Ghana’s Police

The State Department wants Ghanaian law enforcement to be able to access Android, Windows, and BlackBerry devices used in transnational crime.

Ideas

Pentagon to Take Over All Security Clearances in Nine Months, Officials Say

The move will mean absorbing the National Background Investigations Bureau and its 2,000 employees.

Policy

Agencies Will Soon Have a Cyber Hygiene Score—And Will Know Where They Rank

The AWARE score will be based on data from agencies’ continuous monitoring tools and will give the Homeland Security Department a holistic view of the government’s cybersecurity posture.

Ideas

How FEMA Could Help Avoid Another Missile Alert Mishap

State and local authorities are responsible for sending and rescinding alerts, but FEMA can—and says it will—require the underlying infrastructure be more user-friendly.