Fast Company: Meet the ex-Googler who’s exposing the tech-military industrial complex

Fast Company: Meet the ex-Googler who’s exposing the tech-military industrial complex. “Jack Poulson has developed an encyclopedic knowledge of how tech companies are evolving into military contractors. Tracking such intricate connections has become a full-time—though unpaid—job for the former Google research scientist as head of Tech Inquiry, a small nonprofit tackling the giant task of exposing ties between Silicon Valley and the U.S. military.”

The Register: US Air Force chief software officer quits after launching Hellfire missile of a LinkedIn post at his former bosses

The Register: US Air Force chief software officer quits after launching Hellfire missile of a LinkedIn post at his former bosses. “Nicolas Chaillan’s impressively blunt leaving note, which he posted to his LinkedIn profile, castigated USAF senior hierarchy for failing to prioritise basic IT issues, saying: ‘A lack of response and alignment is certainly a contributor to my accelerated exit.’ Chaillan took on his chief software officer role in May 2019, having previously worked at the US Department of Defense rolling out DevSecOps practices to the American military. Before that he founded two companies.”

Engadget: Pentagon believes its precognitive AI can predict events ‘days in advance’

Engadget: Pentagon believes its precognitive AI can predict events ‘days in advance’. “The US military’s AI experiments are growing particularly ambitious. The Drive reports that US Northern Command recently completed a string of tests for Global Information Dominance Experiments (GIDE), a combination of AI, cloud computing and sensors that could give the Pentagon the ability to predict events ‘days in advance,’ according to Command leader General Glen VanHerck.”

Wired: Phantom Warships Are Courting Chaos in Conflict Zones

Wired: Phantom Warships Are Courting Chaos in Conflict Zones. “According to analysis conducted by conservation technology nonprofit SkyTruth and Global Fishing Watch, over 100 warships from at least 14 European countries, Russia, and the US appear to have had their locations faked, sometimes for days at a time, since August 2020. Some of these tracks show the warships approaching foreign naval bases or intruding into disputed waters, activities that could escalate tension in hot spots like the Black Sea and the Baltic. Only a few of these fake tracks have previously been reported, and all share characteristics that suggest a common perpetrator.”

Core 77: UNESCO Names Dutch Water Defence Lines a World Heritage Site

Core 77: UNESCO Names Dutch Water Defence Lines a World Heritage Site. “UNESCO has announced that they’ve named the Dutch Water Defence Lines a World Heritage Site. Also referred to as the Dutch Water Lines, it’s a comprehensive network of dikes, sluices, waterworks and fortresses developed in the 17th Century as a clever solution to dealing with foreign invaders. Essentially, the Dutch created the infrastructure to flood the surrounding areas on demand, making it difficult for enemy troops to reach their targets.”

Vice: How Mexico’s Most Powerful Cartel Used EBay to Arm Themselves With Military Gear

Vice: How Mexico’s Most Powerful Cartel Used EBay to Arm Themselves With Military Gear. “It started with his mom’s credit card, claimed Ismael Almada in March 2020, as he voluntarily spilled his guts to U.S. law enforcement officers during an interview in the Mexican city of Guadalajara. He’d originally used his mom’s card to order weapons accessories and tactical gear off eBay for his security business that focused on anti-spyware and surveillance technology, before eventually moving to PayPal to make the trail of U.S. goods to Mexico a bit more clandestine. He needed to. Most of the illegal imports went to the infamous Jalisco New Generation Cartel, known as the CJNG for its Spanish acronym.”

CNN: Microsoft earns contract worth up to $21.9 billion to make AR devices for the US Army

CNN: Microsoft earns contract worth up to $21.9 billion to make AR devices for the US Army. “The Army announced Wednesday that it had awarded Microsoft (MSFT) a contract to produce augmented reality systems based on its HoloLens 2 device called Integrated Visual Augmented Systems (IVAS). The devices are designed to help soldiers, ‘fight, rehearse and train using a single platform,’ the Army said. The deal has a five-year base and a five-year option to extend, and could be worth up to almost $21.9 billion over the full 10 years.”

FedTech: Air Force, Google Strike Agreement to Modernize Flight Training

FedTech: Air Force, Google Strike Agreement to Modernize Flight Training. “The Air Force has invested in virtual reality platforms in recent years to train pilots, and now is taking another leap forward in how it uses technology to prepare airmen to fly in actual, multimillion-dollar aircraft. In December, the Air Force, along with the Defense Department’s Defense Innovation Unit, announced an agreement with Google Cloud to modernize aspects of flight training via the use of cloud-based tools.”

AI Copilot: Air Force achieves first military flight with artificial intelligence (US Air Force)

US Air Force: AI Copilot: Air Force achieves first military flight with artificial intelligence. “Signaling a major leap forward for national defense in the digital age, the Air Force flew with artificial intelligence as a working aircrew member onboard a military aircraft for the first time Dec. 15. The AI algorithm, known as ARTUµ, flew with the pilot, U.S. Air Force Maj. ‘Vudu’, on a U-2 Dragon Lady assigned to the 9th Reconnaissance Wing at Beale Air Force Base.”

US Army: AR dog goggles could help protect Soldiers

US Army: AR dog goggles could help protect Soldiers. “Through a project funded by the Small Business Innovation Research program and managed by the Army Research Office, an element of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory, a new technology has been developed by Command Sight, Inc., to provide military working dogs with augmented reality goggles that allow a dog’s handler to give it specific directional commands while keeping the warfighter remote and out of sight.”

UPI: Navy’s fifth annual cybersecurity event goes online

UPI: Navy’s fifth annual cybersecurity event goes online. “The second and third tracks will take place in March, but the first track — which has three phases — takes place this week and is free and open to the public. During the first phase, contestants will analyze traffic captured from maritime navigation electronics and identify the network’s sensors and devices. New members will be trained to understand the data and begin to apply their own creative solutions as they work alongside teammates.”

The Drive: MQ-9 Reaper Flies With AI Pod That Sifts Through Huge Sums Of Data To Pick Out Targets

The Drive: MQ-9 Reaper Flies With AI Pod That Sifts Through Huge Sums Of Data To Pick Out Targets. “General Atomics says that it has successfully integrated and flight-tested Agile Condor, a podded, artificial intelligence-driven targeting computer, on its MQ-9 Reaper drone as part of a technology demonstration effort for the U.S. Air Force. The system is designed to automatically detect, categorize, and track potential items of interest.”

C4ISRNET: Marines want tool to identify fake social media accounts posing as senior personnel

C4ISRNET: Marines want tool to identify fake social media accounts posing as senior personnel. “The U.S. Marine Corps wants a commercial off-the-shelf tool to identify social media accounts that pose a threat to personnel and the Marines Corps Enterprise Network. According to a request for quotation released Aug. 20, the goal of the effort is to identify ‘evil twin’ social media accounts, or accounts pretending to be key personnel, general officers and senior executive service employees. The RFQ claimed these fake accounts are sending malicious links to service members, as well as extorting information and money while posing as key members of the Corps.”