Category NSA

More Damaging Snowden Leaks; “328 NSA Documents Reveal “Vast Network” of Iranian Agents, Details of a Key Intelligence Coup”

328 NSA Documents Reveal “Vast Network” of Iranian Agents, Details of a Key Intelligence Coup, and A Fervor for Voice Matching Technology By Henrik Moltke, Micah Lee, Margot Williams, Talya Cooper, theintercept.comView OriginalAugust 15th, 2018 It began not by tapping enemy insurgents’ phones or capturing their emails, but by following the money. When the National Security Agency discovered that Iran may have been buying […]

POTUS Trump Seeking To Relax Rules On Offensive Cyber Operations

https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-seeking-to-relax-rules-on-u-s-cyberattacks-reverses-obama-directive-1534378721?tesla=y&mod=djemalertNEWS ATIONAL SECURITY Trump, Seeking to Relax Rules on U.S. Cyberattacks, Reverses Obama Directive It isn’t clear what rules the president is adopting to replace the existing ones. President Trump is seen outside the White House on Monday. ‎PHOTO:‎ MANDEL NGAN/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES‎By Dustin VolzUpdated Aug. 15, 2018 10:41 p.m. ETPresident Trump has reversed an Obama-era memorandum governing […]

The U.S. Needs A Cyber Force More Than A Space Force

Excerpts: The U.S. Needs a Cyber Force More Than a Space Force By James Stavridis, www.bloomberg.comView OriginalAugust 14th, 2018 Up and away.Photo by: Photographer: Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images Sadly, the proposal for a new U.S. Space Force is has become a punchline on late-night TV. It is being battered as a needless new bureaucracy, a competitor for the […]

What’s In The New NDAA

David Maxwell Wrote: “A fairly comprehensive treatment (of a document that I am sure could be a thousand pages).Korea highlights:” What’s in the New NDAA By Scott R. Anderson, www.lawfareblog.comView OriginalAugust 14th, 2018 President Donald Trump signed the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2019 into law on Monday afternoon, at an event at Fort […]

Approaching A “New Normal”: What the Drone Attack In Venezuela Portends

Excerpts: Approaching a “New Normal”: What the Drone Attack in Venezuela Portends Colin P. Clarke By Fpri Scholars, www.fpri.orgView OriginalAugust 13th, 2018 When two drones, each equipped with a kilogram of powerful plastic explosives, were used on August 4 to attempt to assassinate Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, it may have ushered in a foreboding new era—terrorism by unmanned aircraft. […]

How The Data Revolution Is Changing Special Operations Command

David Maxwell Wrote:  “Hear, hear.  That is probably about the right ratio.  Well done USSOCOM.  As you can tell I am a big believer in open source reporting and despite all the friction about the press some of our best “collectors” are journalists who know how to elicit information.  That is why we must pay […]

Internet-Of-Things (IoT) Malware Discovered Trying To Attack Satellite Systems Of Aircraft And Ships; Black Hat 2018 Speaker Details His Successful Hack Of An In-Flight Commercial Aircraft WiFi Network 

Internet-Of-Things (IoT) Malware Discovered Trying To Attack Satellite Systems Of Aircraft And Ships; Black Hat 2018 Speaker Details His Successful Hack Of An In-Flight Commercial Aircraft WiFi Network  http://www.fortunascorner.com      Kelly Jackson Higgins posted an August 9, 2018 article on the security and technology website DarkReading.com, with the title above. For those of you not familiar, […]

VPOTUS Pence Details Plan For Creation Of Space Force In What Would Be The Sixth Branch Of The Military

Pence details plan for creation of Space Force in what would be the sixth branch of the military By Christian Davenport, www.washingtonpost.comView OriginalAugust 9th, 2018 Vice President Pence laid out an ambitious plan Thursday that would create a military command dedicated to space this year and eventually establish a “Space Force” as the sixth branch of the […]

Covert Action, Military Operations And The DoD–CIA Debate

We need a ‘Title 30’ to reflect 21st century operations.  RCP, fortunascorner.com David Maxwell Comment:  “For one of the best treatments of the covert, clandestine and traditional military activities  discussions for lay people I recommend Chapter 7 of this reference from the Assessing Revolutionary and Insurgent Strategies (ARIS)  project. Specifically pages 120-136 at this link.  http://www.soc.mil/ARIS/ARIS_Legal_Status-BOOK.pdf  […]

History’s Lesson Regarding Russian Cyber Warfare

History’s Lesson Regarding Russian Cyber Warfare thecipherbrief.com Daniel HoffmanFormer CIA Chief of Station Ten years ago this month, war erupted between Russia and Georgia after Georgian troops attacked South Ossetia and shelled the town of Tskhinvali, in response to alleged Russian provocations. Russia justified its military action based on countering Georgia’s aggression- President Medvedev’s called […]