Does It Matter That the DOD Released Those UFO Videos?

Does It Matter That the DOD Released Those UFO Videos?

On Monday, the US Department of Defense officially released three videos depicting encounters between Navy pilots and unidentified aerial phenomena .

The Pentagon Hasn't Fixed Basic Cybersecurity Blind Spots

The Pentagon Hasn't Fixed Basic Cybersecurity Blind Spots

Now a new report from the Government Accountability Office is highlighting systemic shortcomings in the Pentagon's efforts to prioritize cybersecurity at every level and making seven recommendations for shoring up DoD's digital defenses.

Ventilator Makers Race to Prevent a Possible Shortage

Ventilator Makers Race to Prevent a Possible Shortage

Whether the nation will face a shortage depends on whether social distancing measures can flatten the curve, reducing the number of people who need hospitalization at the same time, says Craig Coopersmith, director of critical care at Emory University School of Medicine.

Trump's ‘National Security’ Impeachment Defense Is a Red Herring

Trump's ‘National Security’ Impeachment Defense Is a Red Herring

Trump’s lawyers are arguing that any attempt by the House impeachment managers and Senate Democrats to force additional testimony by witnesses—particularly people like Bolton—would likely compromise the president’s ability to do his job day-to-day protecting the country.

The Mandalorian Is the Only Smart Soldier in the Star Wars Galaxy

The Mandalorian Is the Only Smart Soldier in the Star Wars Galaxy

That's a great way for both people to end up shot, which is why the military advises the method that Cara Dune adopts when the Mandalorian gets wounded in a firefight in the last episode: Drag the casualty into cover for assessment while providing vast quantities of covering fire.

The Pentagon's AI Chief Prepares for Battle

The Pentagon's AI Chief Prepares for Battle

Jack Shanahan describes as the “lower consequence missions” that the Pentagon is using to demonstrate how it can integrate artificial intelligence into its weapons systems.

A Tech Group Suggests Limits for the Pentagon’s Use of AI

A Tech Group Suggests Limits for the Pentagon’s Use of AI

“There’s a legitimate need for these kinds of principles predominantly because a lot of the AI and machine learning technology today has a lot of limitations,” says Paul Scharre, director of the technology and national security program the Center for a New American Security.

Microsoft Is the Surprise Winner of a $10B Pentagon Contract

Microsoft Is the Surprise Winner of a $10B Pentagon Contract

Amazon was seen as the favorite because it dominates the cloud computing market, and already had major government contracts, including with the CIA .

Why These Geese Wear Tiny Backpacks and Fly in a Wind Tunnel

Why These Geese Wear Tiny Backpacks and Fly in a Wind Tunnel

To find out, University of Texas at Austin physiologist Julia York went above and beyond, raising goose chicks to gain their trust before training them to fly in a wind tunnel under low oxygen conditions.To learn more, including the understandable difficulties of getting geese to fly in wind tunnels, take a look at the video above.

Lawyers in a Murder Trial Clash Over a DNA Forensics Method

Lawyers in a Murder Trial Clash Over a DNA Forensics Method

Deputy prosecutor Justin Harleman described the groundbreaking forensic technique to the jury Friday, including how a genetic profile of crime scene DNA was uploaded to a public genealogy database.

A Push to Protect Political Campaigns from Hackers Hits a Snag

A Push to Protect Political Campaigns from Hackers Hits a Snag

Now, the United States Federal Election Commission may apply the same laws to block a cybersecurity firm from offering free or low-cost defense services to campaigns, at a time when those protections are badly needed .During the 2016 US presidential election, Russian hackers not only threatened election networks and voting systems, but wreaked havoc by targeting campaigns and political parties, particularly the Democratic National Committee, and leaking troves of sensitive data.

Like Guns, Social Media Is a Weapon That Should Be Regulated

Like Guns, Social Media Is a Weapon That Should Be Regulated

The decision by the Sri Lankan government this week to shut down the big social networks—including Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, and Snapchat—in the aftermath of an Easter day terrorist attack on three Catholic churches and three upscale hotels feels like a turning point in our relationship with these platforms.

The Huawei Case Signals the New US–China Cold War Over Tech

The Huawei Case Signals the New US–China Cold War Over Tech

Looked at through that lens, is Huawei’s relationship to the Chinese government fundamentally different than the ties between the Pentagon and contractors such as Lockheed, Boeing, and General Dynamics?

Microsoft CEO Defends Army Contract for Augmented Reality

Microsoft CEO Defends Army Contract for Augmented Reality

Microsoft CEO Defends Army Contract for Augmented Reality Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said the company will continue to work with "institutions that we have elected in democracies to protect the freedoms we enjoy." GABRIEL BOUYS/Getty Images Tech workers are increasingly uneasy about their employers’ work with the US government, especially the military.

The Pentagon Doubles Down on AI–and Wants Help from Big Tech

The Pentagon Doubles Down on AI–and Wants Help from Big Tech

Federal contracting records indicate that Google, Oracle, IBM, and SAP have signaled interest in working on future Defense Department AI projects. John "Jack" Shanahan, who leads the JAIC, said the unit will focus on rapidly deploying existing AI algorithms and tools, often contracted from technology companies, in military scenarios.

Trump's Missile Defense Plan Creates More Problems Than It Solves

Trump's Missile Defense Plan Creates More Problems Than It Solves

The assessment also discusses more radical ideas, like capabilities that could neutralize a missile anywhere in the world during its initial ascent, space-based tracking and interception technologies, and even high-energy lasers mounted on "airborne platforms." Anywhere, Any Time, Any Place And while Trump described a comprehensive, airtight vision of missile defense in his remarks, analysts say the administration's actual report is more of a survey of all possible avenues, from realistic, incremental next steps to unlikely moonshots.

In Project Maven's Wake, the Pentagon Seeks AI Tech Talent

In Project Maven's Wake, the Pentagon Seeks AI Tech Talent

Thousands of the company’s employees had signed a petition two months earlier calling for an end to its work on the project, an effort to create algorithms that could help intelligence analysts pick out military targets from video footage.Inside the Pentagon, Google’s withdrawal brought a combination of frustration and distress—even anger—that has percolated ever since, according to five sources familiar with internal discussions on Maven, the military’s first big effort to utilize AI in warfare.About This StoryThis article was produced in partnership with the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization.“We have stumbled unprepared into a contest over the strategic narrative,” said an internal Pentagon memo circulated to roughly 50 defense officials on June 28.

5 New Nonlethal Weapons the Defense Department Is Developing

5 New Nonlethal Weapons the Defense Department Is Developing

The US Department of Defense’s Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate, along with a host of private arms companies, has spent decades testing everything from long-range wireless Taser bullets to sonic guns that can disable a car engine from 150 feet away.

Australian Magpies Are the Real Angry Birds

Australian Magpies Are the Real Angry Birds

But nowhere is the “swooping season” as scary as in Australia, where cyclists and pedestrians alike live in sheer terror of one very angry bird: the Australian magpie.

Why Big Tech and the Government Need to Work Together

Why Big Tech and the Government Need to Work Together

Why Big Tech and the Government Need to Work TogetherZach Gibson/Getty ImagesThe arc of innovation has reached an inflection point: technological change now threatens to overwhelm us. And who better than tech-savvy Googlers to steer the Pentagon rightly?Social media is another arena where we need to better align technology and public purpose.

The 19th Century Argument for a 21st Century Space Force

The 19th Century Argument for a 21st Century Space Force

Security experts warn that Russia and China are both catching up and developing anti-satellite weapons capable of tripping up America’s strategic orbital foothold.The fourth thing to know about space power is, if America gives up its military dominance, expect its economic influence to wane as well.