security
We're Not Doing Enough to Protect the World's Nuclear Materials

US President Obama and leaders from over 50 countries are meeting in the Hague this week to discuss nuclear security. The over-arching theme of the conference, unfortunately, is a troubling one. Put bluntly: We're not doing enough to protect the world's most dangerous materials. Read More >>

apps
How a Rogue Developer Got Apple to Approve a Drone Strike App

After nearly two years and a whole load of media attention, you can now download an iPhone app that alerts you every time a drone strike kills someone abroad. It only took the app developer six tries and several different names to get Apple to approve it. Read More >>

privacy
An Interactive Map of What America's Spies are Worried About

Well, Defense One just made it easy for you with this interactive map of what America's spies are really worried about. It's very simple—just a Google Map of the world with pins dropped on all of the countries that represent national security concerns. But it's not just terrorism that their intelligence agencies are bothered by; it's everything from economic instability in central Africa and homicide rates in Honduras to riots in the streets of Ukraine and secret Iranian efforts to supply weapons to Palestinian groups. Did you know that Azerbaijan is almost ready to blow? Read More >>

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The NSA's Trying to Build a Quantum Computer So It Can Break Any Code

You will not be surprised to learn that the NSA is spending nearly £48.6 million trying to build "a cryptologically useful quantum computer." The Washington Post just published details of the program, codenamed "Penetrating Hard Targets," based on documents supplied by Edward Snowden. Read More >>

internet
Is the Internet More Vulnerable To Physical Attacks Than To Hacking?

The Obama administration has been stoking the fires of fear about a cyberattack on America's infrastructure for well over a year now, but a little discussed physical attack on a power plant earlier this year suggests we shouldn't ignore more traditional threats. Read More >>

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Obama's NSA Advisory Board: No More Phone Records, No More Backdoors

The wait is almost over! Despite having said it would come out in January, the Obama Administration hustled and released a report from the advisory committee set up to recommend changes to the NSA. And, my, are those changes many. Read More >>

drones
The US Navy Just Launched a Drone From a Submarine—While Underwater

If you thought launching a drone from an aircraft carrier was impressive, you're going to be blown away by this: After six years of development, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory has successfully launched a drone from a submerged submarine. Read More >>

military
The US Military is A/B Testing the Future of Warfare

Down some spookily-lit corridor at the Pentagon, there are surely soldiers dreaming about the future of warfare. But, at the National Defense University, some of the nation's top brass are actually playing out the scenarios. In fact, a group of generals just finished a rather innovative year-long wargame. Read More >>

money
Pentagon Super-Hoarders Waste Billions Buying Stuff They Already Have

If you thought your great aunt Edna was bad, you should meet the super-hoarders at the Pentagon. A new Reuters investigation reveals that various defense agencies can't stop buying stuff they already have. Like, many, many billions of dollars' worth of stuff. Read More >>

privacy
Who Thinks Letting Cops Use Facial Recognition Devices Is a Bad Idea?

In the past couple years, companies like Google and Facebook have struggled to find the right balance between useful and creepy with the development of facial recognition technology. Some law enforcement agencies, however, are not holding back their enthusiasm, and nobody's going for it quite like the cops in San Diego. Read More >>

military
The US Army's Cybersecurity Training Videos Are Embarrassing and Sad

For the past few years, the US government's been relentless about making the American people respect the importance of cybersecurity. Obama's given speeches, written newspaper columns, and issued executive orders to drive that point home. This is serious business! So why are the Army's own instructional videos so silly?
As Buzzfeed recently unearthed, the Army's Chief Information Officer is highlighting a series of comics and training videos designed to get soldiers thinking about very serious cybersecurity issues as part of Information Assurance/Cyber Security Awareness Week. The only problem is that the videos are embarrassingly goofy, at times arguably racist, and generally confusing. They also appear to be produced by a lesser version of the animation studio that made Waking Life. Read More >>

war
In the Future, Wars Will Be Fought with Lasers and Robots

If you take a step back and really think about it, we're living in a pretty futuristic age. People are flying around on jetpacks. Everybody's carrying around pocket computers. We go to space all the time. Pretty futuristic! Not everyone is so convinced, though. Read More >>

drones
DARPA Is Building a Submarine Mothership to Launch Drones From the Sea

Drones are nuts. After all, they're robotic war machines that kill on command. But the mad scientists at DARPA are working on something that's even more nuts: a submarine that can carry an assortment of drones around the sea and launch them into the air. That's nuts. Read More >>

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