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Technology could identify soldiers intent on suicide or murder

September 24, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Pentagon’s research wing is seeking technology that can determine whether a soldier is prone to commit suicide or murder. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is looking to fund the development of “mathematical and computational models that predict whether a person is likely to commit suicide,” contract databases reveal. ...

Appeals court skeptical of Obama secrecy around drone killings

September 21, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A U.S. appeals court expressed skepticism about the Obama administration’s assertions the government can withhold documents related to its drone program, Reuters reports. A lawsuit brought by the advocacy group American Civil Liberties Union is playing out in federal court. In dispute is whether the government has confirmed the role ...

Air Force chief of staff concerned about cybersecurity ‘black hole’

September 21, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Air Force's chief of staff expressed concerns that the Pentagon is moving on cybersecurity spending without a coordinated plan on how defense agencies should deal with threats to sensitive networks, Foreign Policy reports. Gen. Mark Welsh spotlighted the Air Force’s lack of direction on how it was expected to ...

U.S. official says cyberattacks can trigger right to self-defense

September 20, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Computer and network attacks can be classified as armed offensives that trigger the right of self-defense, State Department legal advisor Harold Koh said at a conference this week. His statements articulate the beginning of a legal framework that will underpin U.S. government policy in cyberspace as it accelerates its drive ...

Computer criminals copy Stuxnet tricks

September 19, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Techniques used in sophisticated, state-supported malware for politically-motivated espionage and sabotage are being copied by less-skilled hacker groups who target regular Web users for personal accounts and credit card numbers, Technology Review reports. This raises questions about whether the deployment of computer viruses by government entities to target enemy networks ...

Aviation electronics firm nabs DARPA unmanned security contract

September 18, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Aviation electronics company Rockwell Collins was tapped by the Pentagon’s venture wing to provide technology to secure data in unmanned aerial vehicle systems, the contractor announced. It nabbed a four-and-a-half year contract under a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program called High-Assurance Cyber Military Systems, which will develop technology to ...

Open source database developer raises In-Q-Tel venture funding

September 18, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow 10gen, developer of the open source document-oriented database system MongoDB, announced funding from CIA venture capital wing In-Q-Tel. Its NoSQL database systems -- which do not store data in tables and rows, but other kinds of schemas – are designed to facilitate the storage and retrieval of large quantities of ...

U.S., Japan agree to deploy advanced missile defense system

September 17, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Officials in the United States and Japan have reached an agreement to deploy a second advanced missile defense radar on Japanese territory to counter North Korean missile threats, reports note. Japan houses one American X-band radar as part of a set-up designed to identify and intercept ballistic missiles. The location ...

Flame operators likely behind three other unidentified viruses

September 17, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The masterminds of the Flame malware campaign were at work on three other unidentified viruses, new research reveals. The findings offer further clues of the increasingly aggressive and broadening push by state-sponsored entities to deploy computer viruses on foreign networks, highlighting how the digital domain has grown increasingly militarized. Flame ...

Paralyzed rats walk again after stem cell transplant

September 14, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Rats once paralyzed after their spinal cords were surgically cut were able to walk again after stem cells were transplanted into injury sites, according to research published in the journal Cell, Technology Review reports. Neural stem cells were implanted onto each side of the spinal cord injury in the rats ...