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Hatching cyberwar: Pentagon incubator will manage weapons

November 26, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated to clarify points about the role of the lab. The Pentagon’s research wing is setting up a technology incubator for Defense-funded developers to stitch together computer code to automate offensive cyber operations. The Arlington, Va.-based experimental lab, called the Collaborative Research Space, will function as ...

Developer of remote capture and measurement devices inks In-Q-Tel deal

November 21, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow ikeGPS, which makes remote measurement and 3-D modeling gadgets, has inked a technology development agreement with CIA venture capital wing In-Q-Tel, it announced. The firm develops handheld tools that allow users to point a device at a remote object -- such as a building -- and capture its global positioning ...

China offers drones to Pakistan

November 19, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow China is offering to sell Pakistan armed drones, following Washington’s refusal to supply the weapons, the Associated Press reports. The Chinese government's offer includes its own CH-3 armed drone, which can carry two laser-guided missiles or bombs, according to report. The CH-4, which is similar to a U.S. Reaper and ...

Cyber Command intel chief named National Maritime Intelligence Center director

November 19, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The top intelligence officer in the Pentagon’s cyber warfare unit has been named director of the National Maritime Intelligence Center and commander of the Office of Naval Intelligence. The Navy announced Nov. 15 the new assignment of U.S. Cyber Command director of intelligence Rear Adm. Samuel J. Cox. He previously ...

Developer of sensitive devices to detect diseases, proteins gets In-Q-Tel funding

November 15, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Biotech firm Quanterix raised $18.5 million in a funding round joined by CIA venture capital wing In-Q-Tel, the company announced. The firm is developing sensitive diagnostic technology that detects diseases and proteins at lower concentrations than other devices can. French bioMérieux, which led the round, entered a licensing agreement with ...

Pentagon taps SAIC to build unmanned submarine-spying sea vessel

November 14, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Science Applications International Corp. won a $58 million prime contract from the Pentagon to develop an unmanned sea vessel that spies on enemy submarines while operating with minimal supervision, the defense contractor announced. The autonomous surface vessel will be able track a diesel-electric submarine for months over thousands of kilometers, ...

Pakistan develops combat drones

November 13, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Pakistan is developing its own unmanned aircraft, the Guardian reports. Military officials briefed Pakistan's allies about army efforts to develop a combat unmanned aerial vehicle during the International Defense Exhibition and Seminar, an arms fair held in Karachi last week. The aircraft in development does not have the efficiency of ...

Lockheed Martin says cyberattacks up sharply, suppliers targeted

November 13, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Defense contractor Lockheed Martin said the number and sophistication of international cyberattacks on its networks had “increased dramatically over the last several years,” Reuters reports. Chandra McMahon, Lockheed vice president and chief information security officer, said about a fifth of the threats directed at the company were "advanced persistent threats," ...

Military cyber range moves from laboratory to deployment

November 12, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A test range for Defense personnel to hone computer attack capabilities is slated to receive a multimillion dollar boost as the system transitions from the Pentagon research wing’s laboratories into deployment. The platform, created under a program called the National Cyber Range, is providing infrastructure for the Pentagon to advance ...

David Petraeus resigns as CIA director

November 9, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow CIA director David Petraeus resigned on Friday, releasing a statement that he had been involved in an extramarital affair. “I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair,” Petraeus said. “Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours.” ...