Tech

The Newest AI-Enabled Weapon: ‘Deep-Faking’ Photos of the Earth

Step 1: Use AI to make undetectable changes to outdoor photos. Step 2: release them into the open-source world and enjoy the chaos.

Defense

The U.S. Military Is Creating the Future of Employee Monitoring

A new AI-enabled pilot project aims to sense “micro changes” in the behavior of people with top-secret clearances. If it works, it could be the future of corporate HR.

Oversight

Report: Shutdown Delayed 737 Max Software Fix

The update was to be finished in January, but was delayed "five weeks" because of the 35-day lapse in appropriations.

Oversight

The U.S. Government Might Charge For Satellite Data Again – Here’s Why That Would Be A Big Mistake

Since 2008, Landsat data has been free for the world to use, spurring new applications and scientific research. But that door could soon slam shut.

Defense

NSA-Cyber Command Chief Recommends No Split Until 2020: Sources

That’s another delay for a separation planned several Defense Secretaries ago.

Tech

U.S. Takes Tentative Steps Toward Opening Up Government Data

A new act requires that all nonsensitive government data be made available publicly by January 2020. But the plan could open up new privacy issues.

Tech

NASA Is Rushing to the Moon

In the agency’s most ambitious dreams, it will be testing moon-landing systems within the next five years.

Tech

Rosalind, a New Mars Rover, Is in Rare Company

The cosmos is crowded with the names of men, but a 2020 mission will make the balance a little less lopsided.

Tech

NASA Declares a Beloved Mars Mission Over

The space agency will stop trying to contact the Opportunity rover, which was sent to Mars to search for evidence of water.

Tech

FBI Should Tighten Monitoring of Employee Texting, Watchdog Says

Software recommendations come as follow-up to 2016 review of alleged political bias.

Tech

The Teams Who Test U.S. Cyber Defenses Aren’t Being Tough Enough: Pentagon Report

Overworked trainers and penetration testers can’t properly simulate the worst real-world threats, leaving operators “overconfident.”

Tech

Trump's Space Ambitions Are Too Big for One President

The reality of space travel squashed his impulsive desire to reach Mars in his first term, rather than the 2030s.

Tech

Don’t Blame the Government Shutdown for SpaceX Delays

The impasse in Washington hasn’t yet threatened a significant milestone in the American space program.

Management

The Spyware That Brought Down El Chapo’s Drug Empire

For months, the FBI listened as Mexico’s infamous drug kingpin allegedly trafficked drugs and arranged assassinations. Here’s how.