Tag Archives: Russia

Mark Esper: AI Could Transform Every Aspect of Battlefield

Mark Esper

Mark Esper, secretary of the Department of Defense (DoD) and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said he believes artificial intelligence has the potential to transform the battlefield and the country that is first to deploy AI will gain a significant advantage over its adversaries. Esper also discussed how Russia and China are advancing AI.

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CBO: Nuclear Forces Expansion in Response to New START Pact’s Expiration Could Cost DoD Up to $439B

Nuclear Forces Expansion

A new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report says the Department of Defense (DoD) could incur $410 billion to $439 billion in onetime costs if the U.S. government decides to expand its strategic nuclear forces to the START I treaty levels in response to the expiration of the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia.

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U.S. Navy Working to Expand Fleet to 355 Ships; RADM Tom Anderson Quoted

James Geurts

The U.S. Navy and Defense Secretary and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient Mark Esper have made recent efforts to expand the service branch’s fleet to at least 355 ships to keep pace with Chinese military modernization. However, the Navy has faced recent challenges to keep up with the capacity.

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Maj. Gen. Tim Lawson: Space Command Working on New Tech Capabilities Against Russian, Chinese Threats

Maj. Gen. Tim Lawson

Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Tim Lawson, mobilization assistant to the commander of U.S. Space Command, said anti-satellite missiles, on-orbit platforms and other counter-space weapon systems from Russia and China keep Spacecom “up at night” but the command is working on new technology capabilities that could mitigate such threats.

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Anne Neuberger, Director of NSA Cybersecurity Directorate, Discusses Cyber Threats for Upcoming Elections

Anne Neuberger

Anne Neuberger, director of the National Security Agency's (NSA) Cybersecurity Directorate and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, recently discussed details the agency's priorities to enhance election security for the upcoming polls. 

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William Evanina Offers Update on Foreign Actors’ Activities Ahead of 2020 Elections

William Evanina

William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, has issued a statement providing updates on attempts by foreign threat actors to influence preferences of voters, undermine the citizens’ confidence in the democratic process and shift U.S. policies ahead of the 2020 U.S. presidential elections.

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NSA Warns of Cyber Vulnerability in Email Transfer Software

NSA

The National Security Agency has identified a vulnerability that Russian cyber actors take advantage of to attack mail transfer networks. Sandworm Team, a Russian military group, has exploited the CVE-2019-10149 vulnerability found in the Exim software that Linux and Unix systems use as a mail transfer agent, NSA said Thursday.

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Trump Administration to Withdraw From ‘Open Skies’ Accord

The White House

The White House has initiated a move to withdraw from a 1992 treaty designed to reduce the risk of war between Western countries and Russia by allowing countries to perform reconnaissance flights over each other’s territories to reassure that an attack is not being prepared, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

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DNI Nominee Rep. John Ratcliffe Appears Before Senate Intell Panel for Confirmation Hearing

John Ratcliffe

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) on Tuesday fielded questions from members of the Senate Intelligence Committee during his confirmation hearing for the role of national intelligence director, CNN reported. Senators questioned Ratcliffe over his views on the intelligence community’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential elections, treatment of whistleblowers under the Trump administration and origin of the new coronavirus in China.

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