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The Blackphone 1 by Silent Circle incorporates the company’s ephemeral key encryption to provide secure peer-to-peer connectivity.

Securing Communications By Skipping the Server

December 1, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman
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With the information world marching en masse to the cloud, one global firm is offering direct peer-to-peer encryption to reduce the threat of an intervening cyber intercept. This approach is applicable to dedicated hardware as well as to commercial off-the-shelf consumer communications equipment, and its operation is relatively transparent to the user.

The X-47B unmanned air vehicle takes off from the deck of an aircraft carrier. The U.S. Navy recently conducted the fifth series of at-sea tests, proving that a manned and unmanned aircraft can maintain a takeoff and landing pattern aboard an aircraft carrier.
The X-47B flew its first flight in “cruise” configuration (landing gear up) on September 30, marking an important milestone in its flight test program.
The Navy is not the only military service interested in teaming manned and unmanned aircraft. The U.S. Army combines Apache helicopters with unmanned vehicles.

Manned and Unmanned Systems Team Up for Warfighters

December 1, 2014
By George I. Seffers
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U.S. Navy officials have, for the first time, proved that the unmanned X-47B aircraft and an F/A-18 Hornet can operate at the same time within the same aircraft carrier-controlled landing pattern. Manned and unmanned aircraft flying from the same flight deck may change the way warfighters operate in the decades to come.

 

 Adm. Michael Rogers, USN, NSA director and commander, U.S. Cyber Command, predicts an attempted destructive attack affecting critical infrastructure networks during his tenure as commander.

Cyber Commander Expects Damaging Critical Infrastructure Attack

December 1, 2014
By George I. Seffers
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Adm. Michael Rogers, USN, who leads both the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command, predicts a damaging attack to critical infrastructure networks within the coming years. If an attack happens, the agency and Cyber Command will coordinate a response along with other government agencies and potentially the private sector organizations that own many of the networks.

DISA Targeted to Tackle Network Defense Role

December 1, 2014
By George I. Seffers
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The U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency is being tasked with an operational role in the cyber domain, namely network defense. The new role creates a formal relationship between the agency, U.S. Cyber Command and the military services; integrates network operations and defense; and should ultimately improve security.

Scientists from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory test an unmanned system to deliver a blanket to a wounded soldier, part of a developing concept to use unmanned assets as protective platforms.
Researchers are developing a trailer that could be towed by an unmanned vehicle with a dual use of hauling supplies and acting as a ballistic shield.

Building an Autonomous Army of Protection

December 1, 2014
By Sandra Jontz
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The U.S. military for decades has employed unmanned systems—from dropping bombs miles above the Earth’s surface to detecting underwater mines from miles below. Now, researchers and scientists are on the threshold of tweaking the technology as part of a new concept for the use of unmanned assets, which could bring an army of autonomous protective robots to the battlefield.

Research, Relationships and Time Key to Foreign Military Sales

December 1, 2014
By Andrew Schoulder, Chris Williams and Matt Donovan



U.S. contractors looking to increase their foreign military sales cannot expect to flip a switch and create international commerce by pursuing the same methods that met with success domestically. Long-term endeavors such as accumulating knowledge of the market and its laws, building relationships and investing in efforts are necessary for breaking into a potentially lucrative overseas market.

 

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