U.S. is ‘not prepared to defend or compete in the A.I. era,’ says expert group chaired by Eric Schmidt

The U.S. is drastically underprepared for the age of artificial intelligence, according to a group of experts chaired by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt. The National Security Commission on AI warned in a 756-page report on Monday that China could soon replace the U.S. as the world’s “AI superpower” and said there are serious military implications to… Read More U.S. is ‘not prepared to defend or compete in the A.I. era,’ says expert group chaired by Eric Schmidt

Rep. Ilhan Omar takes leadership post in House Foreign Affairs

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar is rising on the House Foreign Affairs Committee as she steps into the role of vice chairwoman of the subcommittee with jurisdiction over Africa and global human rights issues. Omar’s office said her new position was being announced Thursday in Washington. The panel’s full name is the Subcommittee on Africa, Global… Read More Rep. Ilhan Omar takes leadership post in House Foreign Affairs

Departing US FCC chair warns of threats to telecoms from China

Outgoing U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai said potential Chinese espionage and threats to U.S. telecommunications networks and internet freedom are the biggest national security issue that regulators will face in the next four years. Ajit Pai told Reuters in an interview there is a “wide array” of activity from China that was of concern, including of surveillance, economic… Read More Departing US FCC chair warns of threats to telecoms from China

Nationwide debate emerges on how to secure communication networks in wake of Nashville bombing

Four days after the bombing on Christmas Day in downtown Nashville crippled cell service, internet and even key tools for law enforcement across a multi-state region, White County, Tennessee residents still struggled to get through to the county’s emergency communications center. Though the center’s landlines worked and officials pushed out a non-emergency number via social media, the rural Tennessee county’s 911… Read More Nationwide debate emerges on how to secure communication networks in wake of Nashville bombing

Nuclear weapons agency breached amid massive cyber onslaught

The Energy Department and National Nuclear Security Administration, which maintains the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile, have evidence that hackers accessed their networks as part of an extensive espionage operation that has affected at least half a dozen federal agencies, officials directly familiar with the matter said. On Thursday, DOE and NNSA officials began coordinating notifications… Read More Nuclear weapons agency breached amid massive cyber onslaught

Commerce Department Confirms Hacking of Government Network

The Commerce Department on Sunday said it had been hacked but wouldn’t confirm the group behind the data breach, reports CNN. “We can confirm there has been a breach in one of our bureaus,” the department said in a statement to CNN. “We have asked CISA and the FBI to investigate, and we cannot comment further… Read More Commerce Department Confirms Hacking of Government Network

Lt. Col. Allen West: ‘Law-Abiding States’ Need to Form New ‘Union’

After the Supreme Court failed to respect the vote of “law-abiding states,” Lt. Col. Allen West, the Texas GOP chairman, has bandied about a call for a new “union” – noting he is not referring to “secession.” “We need to have states that honor our Constitution,” West told Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” on Sunday. “I know… Read More Lt. Col. Allen West: ‘Law-Abiding States’ Need to Form New ‘Union’

Zumwalt: Biden’s Iran Policy May Spark Mideast Nuclear Arms Race

The expected return of former Vice President Joe Biden to the White House will likely end the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign on Iran, allowing the Islamist regime to expand its influence in the region and triggering alarm among its neighbors. Biden’s statements on Iran – indicating he would be amenable to a return to… Read More Zumwalt: Biden’s Iran Policy May Spark Mideast Nuclear Arms Race

Air Force Takes Next Step in Efforts to Ready B-1 for Future Hypersonic Missiles

Weeks after the U.S. Air Force proved it could mount an advanced stealth cruise missile externally on the B-1B Lancer for the first time, it has taken the next step, test-firing an inert missile from under the B-1’s fuselage. The 419th Flight Test Squadron out of Edwards Air Force Base, California launched a practice round of the AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface… Read More Air Force Takes Next Step in Efforts to Ready B-1 for Future Hypersonic Missiles