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World Powers Modernize, Improve Nuke Arsenals
The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) released today the findings of SIPRI Yearbook 2018, which assesses the current state of armaments, disarmament and international security. One of the key findings includes the state of world's nuclear forces as of January 2018. "All the nuclear weapon-possessing states are developing new nuclear weapon systems and modernizing their existing systems" the report stated. The inventories listed in the table above show a small decline in the U.S. and Russian inventories, as Russia modernizes its strategic weapon's arsenal, and the US phases out some of the oldest warheads, under the nuclear disarmament agreements.
THAAD Succserfully Intercepts an IRBM Target from Alaska
U.S. missile defense capabilities were demonstrated today in a first of a kind intercept of an Intermediate-Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) target by the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system. The intercept took place 2,500 miles south of Alaska, near Hawaii, demonstrating THAAD's strategic defense capabilities, particularly against the threat types currently presented from North Korea.
First Flight for Rustom II – India’s MALE Drone
The Indian Tapas 201 remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) made its first flight on November 16, the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) announced. The aircraft, formerly known as 'Rustom II,' was developed by the DRDO's Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE). The flight took place at the Aeronautical Test Range in Chitradurga, in the south of India.
Clearing MTCR Obstacle, India Requests the US to Supply Weaponized Drones
India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) issued a letter of request (LoR) to the United States on 17 June to procure 22 multi-mission General Atomics Guardian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for the Indian Navy. The Guardian is a maritime variant of the Predator B. India is requesting the sale of these drones via the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) route.
Cyber Intelligence Report – July 15, 2015
In this edition: | Israel-US to Cooperate on Cybersecurity | Israel Police, Defense Ministry mulled buying spyware, Hacking Team leak reveals | Cyber security company SafeBreach raises $4m | FBI disapproves encryption of commercial products | US Senate bill would make social media report 'terrorist activity' | New hacking spyware systems for Russian intelligence agencies | UAE and US launch center for anti-IS online propaganda in Abu Dhabi | Draft of Chinese cybersecurity law | Australia's first Cyber Security Summit with business leaders | German-owned Patriot missiles stationed in Turkey briefly taken over by hackers | UK intelligence agencies used hacking to counter Northern Ireland terrorism | Germany launches new National Cyber Security Policy
Cyber Intelligence Report – July 1, 2015
In this edition: IDF to establish new cyber command | Israeli regulator directs banks to focus on cyber security management | Europe’s largest cyber-tech firm to set up innovation center in Israel | US admonish China for online attack | Anti-LGBT site hacked and painted with gay flag’s colors | Cyber-attack on Canadian government websites | Russia fosters domestic software for national computer | Iran and Saudi Arabia heading toward cyber war? | New China law to boost cyber security | Singapore Defence Minister: Non-combat troops can help in cyber defence | UK Ministry of Defense counter thousands of daily cyber-attacks | Europol Cyber Crime Center EC3 is countering the Islamic State propaganda | Hackers targeted Polish airline LOT, grounded 1,400 passengers
Cyber Intelligence Report – Febuary 1, 2015
In this edition: New Israeli Cyber Defense Authority | US Senate panel begins crafting cybersecurity bill | First conference for information security of Russia in the global information society | Abu Dhabi Police issue warning on new cyber bank scam | Obama discussed cyber security issues with India | A dedicated agency for national cyber security | UK fighting alongside US to counter cyber threats against financial institutions | France held International Forum on Cyber Security | Cyber warfare: Army creates ‘Twitter troops’
Cybercom Chief Details U.S. Cyber Threats
cyber threats are real, hurting the nation and its allies and partners, costing hundreds of billions, and potentially leading to a catastrophic failure if not addressed. Adm. Michael S. Rogers told the Senate intelligence committee
Virgin Galactic rocket plane crash – pilot Killed
Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket plane crashed today when performing a test flight over California. The spacecraft was testing a new propellant on this flight.
Cyber Intelligence Report – September 15, 2014
In this edition: Israeli cyber security: a growing market | Israeli Start-up uncovers espionage network hitting organizations in Germany, Austria, Switzerland | The hacktivist Anonghost group attacked Israel under banner of #OpIsraelReborn campaign | US Army Cyber Command launching new Cyber Protection Brigade | Russian hackers hacked nearly 5 million Gmail user accounts | China performs large scale cyber espionage operations | NATO strengthen its cyber security policy and cooperation | UK government launching free online cyber security course | Tanzania: Cyber-crime talks for Arusha | Cybercrime a key issue in new ISS - UNIDIR collaboration
Strategy to defeat ISIS
analysts at the Institute for the Studies of War say, "perhaps as many as 25,000 ground troops in all in Iraq and Syria”. Although in roles very different from those they played in Iraq between 2003 and 2011, the decisive effort will require primarily teams of Special Forces and special mission units, deployed in a dispersed footprint throughout the Sunni lands, as well as advising the Iraqi Security Forces and the moderate Syrian opposition.
Update: FAA lifts flight restriction on Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport,
One day after restricting U.S. airlines from flying to Israel's Ben-Gurion International Airport for security concerns, the FAA has lifted its restriction after reviewing 'significant new information and measures the Government of Israel is taking to mitigate potential risks to civil aviation next day the agency lifted its restriction', the agency announced around midnight, July 23rd.
Cyber Intelligence Report – July 1, 2014
In this edition: Israel among top cyber defense exporting countries | Cyber campaigns in wake of Operation Brother’s Keeper | New US Ambassador in Beijing said Chinese cyber espionage is a threat | A Russia plan to fight cyber extremism | Russia develops a Stuxnet like cyber-attack directed towards US and Europe | SEA hacks Reuter’s through third party system | Anonymous begins operation against ISIS supporters | The British Communication Intelligence Agency extends cyber cooperation | Europol and ENISA cooperate to fight cybercrime in Europe | Dutch company hacked Google Glass
Cyber Intelligence Report – June 15, 2014
In this edition: Israel as a cyber-security superpower | United States and Australia strengthening cyber cooperation | Russian hacker accused by US for cyber money laundering | Cyber crime second most common form of economic crime in the Middle East | Iraqi Communication Ministry blocked Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube | China once again behind a cyber-espionage operation | Vietnam concerned about cyber security | UK: The Bank of England in war against cyber crime | France officially joining NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence