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NGA’s Todd Myers: China Uses GAN Technique to Tamper With Earth Images

Todd Myers, automation lead and chief information officer at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s office of the director of technology, said China is using a technique called generative adversarial networks to deceive computers into seeing fake bridges and other objects in Earth satellite images, Defense One reported Sunday. “The Chinese have already designed; they’re already doing it right now, using GANs—which are generative adversarial networks—to manipulate scenes and pixels to create things for nefarious reasons,” Myers said Thursday at the Genius Machines Summit.

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Defense Official Says Military Needs to Bolster Space Technology

Kenneth Rapuano, assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense and global security, said that the U.S. must do more and adapt new organizations, policies, doctrine, capabilities and joint force employment to retain military dominance in space.

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Robert Work on DoD’s Use of AI in Weapons Development

Robert Work, former deputy secretary at the Department of Defense, said DoD is “absolutely unapologetic” about efforts to advance the development of artificial intelligence-based weapons, Nextgov reported Wednesday. “If we’re going to succeed against a competitor like China that’s all in on this competition … we’re going to have to grasp the inevitability of AI,” Work said Wednesday at an AFCEA event.

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Ellen Lord: DoD to Begin 5G Experiments in 2019

Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment and 2019 Wash100 Award winner, told attendees at a recent Atlantic Council event that the Department of Defense will conduct a series of experiments on 5G communications technology, Defense One reported Monday. The DoD’s research and engineering arm will oversee the experiments scheduled for later this year.

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Kirstjen Nielsen: Feds Doing ‘Too Little’ to Build a Cyber Secure US

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said the federal government should increase efforts to protect agencies, industry, academia and the public from hackers supported by other countries since the U.S. today “is not prepared” for a foreign cyber attack, The Hill reported Monday. “It’s not just U.S. troops and government agents on the frontlines anymore. It’s U.S. companies. It’s our schools and gathering places. It’s ordinary Americans,” Nielsen said during a speech at the George Washington University. 

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Will Hurd to Create National Strategy to Guide Govt in AI Efforts, Ethics

Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, intends to issue a national artificial intelligence strategy to guide the U.S. government in the development and ethical use of the technology, Nextgov reported Friday. The lawmaker said at IBM’s recent Think Gov conference that he wants to maintain the government’s AI ethics that reflect “Western liberal democracies.” Hurd emphasized that the government should avoid the methods China uses to develop AI-based technologies.

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Patrick Shanahan: DoD’s FY 2020 Spending Plan a ‘Requirement-Informed Budget’

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said the Pentagon’s $718 billion funding request for fiscal 2020 is a “requirement-informed budget” supporting the National Defense Strategy and addressing threats posed by Russia and China, the Department of Defense website reported Thursday. Shanahan, a 2019 Wash100 winner, testified on Thursday before the Senate Armed Services Committee to provide an overview of DoD's FY 2020 budget request and how its provisions intend to respond to those specific threats.

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Pentagon Eyeing Future Satellites Capable of Dodging Attacks in Space

The Pentagon wants to give future satellite constellations the self defense capabilities to avoid missiles or other satellite-based weapons during an attack in space, Defense One reported Friday. U.S. Air Force officials announced the plan during a recent event on Capitol Hill, saying the Department of Defense has begun introducing changes to satellite systems.

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Defense Intelligence Agency Issues Report on Foreign Threats to US Space Capabilities

A new Defense Intelligence Agency report concludes that the U.S. should continue to develop space-based capabilities to keep its advantage in the space domain, the Department of Defense reported Monday. The “Challenges to Security in Space” report deals with the efforts of Russia and China to challenge the ability of the U.S. and other countries to use space.

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IC Report Highlights Russia-China Alliance, Growing Threats to US

The U.S. intelligence community issued a new report warning the government of a strengthening alliance between Russia and China and the negative impacts on U.S. allies of previous policy changes by the Trump administration, CBS News reported Tuesday. During a recent meeting with the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, top intelligence officials presented the 2019 Worldwide Threat Assessment

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