Midnight In The Desert — National Security

US Navy plane swoops on Russia spy ship spotted 27 miles off US coast

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US Navy plane swoops on Russia spy ship spotted 27 miles off US coast

A US military aircraft was deployed to fly over a Russian spy ship sailing just 27 miles off the coast of Virginia in the US, flight monitors show. The P-8A Poseidon was launched from Naval Air Station Jacksonville to track the Russian ship, the Viktor Leonov, just 24 nautical miles (27 miles) off the coast of Nolfolk, in southeastern Virginia, according to military flight trackers. The Navy tracked the Russian intelligence-gathering vessel, part of Russia’s Northern Fleet, off the coast of Virginia on Wednesday, US military officials have confirmed. Flight monitoring data shows the P-8A, a state-of-the-art anti-submarine plane, circling...

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New national security adviser is a futurist with warnings about technology

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New national security adviser is a futurist with warnings about technology

Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, often described as the army’s own futurist, holds a complex view on technology, cautioning against technological hubris as a solution to modern warfare. “Be skeptical of concepts that divorce war from its political nature, particularly those that promise fast, cheap victory through technology,” McMaster wrote in a 2013 op-ed in the New York Times titled “The Pipe Dream of Easy War.” He continued: “Wars like those in Afghanistan and Iraq cannot be waged remotely. Budget pressures and persistent fascination with technology have led some to declare an end to war as we know it. While...

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Here's Trump's plan to stop hackers

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Here's Trump's plan to stop hackers

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - The incoming Trump administration wants to audit the security of the federal government's computer systems -- a massive undertaking -- and strengthen the hacking division of the U.S. military. President-elect Donald Trump unveiled his four-part cybersecurity strategy last month. It's getting mixed reactions. Cybersecurity experts say it has some good ideas. "It sounds like a fairly rational, high-level playbook ... but much of this is already being done to a certain extent," said Jared DeMott, chief technology officer at Binary Defense Systems. He previously worked at the National Security Agency, where he spotted hacking vulnerabilities in...

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Nobody’s Securing America

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Nobody’s Securing America

When people I know who aren’t involved in information security think of the National Security Agency (NSA), they usually think of a secretive organization whose mandate is to spy on digital communication within and outside of the U.S. in the name of national security. The Snowden leaks, Glenn Greenwald’s obsessive reporting and wall-to-wall coverage by (though sometimes reluctant) mainstream media organizations have resulted in a mostly uncontested shared picture of the NSA’s work, though opinions on the legality, morality and efficacy of its efforts remain divided, to say the least. This common picture of the NSA as the warden of...

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