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With the help of robotics, nanotechnology and neuroscience, the Defense Department is creating an army that may look like the troops of today but is faster, stronger and more resilient, Wired reports.
Are we witnessing the beginning of a cyber arms race? Seems like it. The Stuxnet computer virus is taking worries about cyber warfare to a new level. It's the first reported case of malicious software designed to sabotage industrial controls. Experts say it is a prototype of a cyber-weapon that will lead to a new global arms race. Computers will be the weapons. The program specifically targets control systems built by Siemens AG, a German equipment maker. Iran, the target of U.N. sanctions over its nuclear program, has been hit hardest of any country.
Afghanistan has begun disbanding private security companies and confiscating their weapons. President Hamid Karzai said in August all private security companies had to close down within four months. It's part of part of a plan for the government to take over all security responsibilities beginning in 2014. Karzai says the firms are responsible for horrific accident and a series of killings, crimes and scandals.
What led to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's decision to release 75 thousand classified documents obtained from a U.S. Army private? A former group spokesman, who quit the organization said it was becoming consumed by its confrontation with the Pentagon. Daniel Domscheit-Berg, a German who said he left because of Assange's management style. He told Der Speigel he had serious problems with Assange's "obsession" with attacking the U.S. government.
There is word that wiki-leaks is coming apart at the seams. The Associated Press says WikiLeaks is unraveling from internal turmoil and power struggles. Key staffers at the website have reportedly deserted the organization out of anger that founder Julian Assange unilaterally decided to publish tens of thousands of classified documents before enough work was done to protect the names of informants. Assange, a 39-year-old Australian, founded WikiLeaks in 2006 for people wishing to anonymously publish material that companies and governments want kept secret.
The Defense Department announced reassignments for its Seniors Executive Service.
Christine Parthemore, a fellow at the Center for a New American Security, discusses with the DorobekINSIDER the findings of a CNAS study about DoD's transition away from reliance on oil.
Deputy Defense Secretary says information technology, and the world's reliance on it, has redefined the front lines of national security.
NextGov's Bob Brewin analyzes the future of the former DoD CIO nominee.
Congressmen Skelton and Davis say legislation would apply the lessons learned from Goldwater-Nichols Act to more than 13 agencies to help promote collaboration and understanding of each other's roles. The bill calls for a two-year detail for each senior official to learn how other national security agencies work.
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