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Submission + - Is There an Innovation Insurgency Happening within the U.S. Military? (warontherocks.com)

hypercard writes: Every year defense contractors and Army brass get together for the AUSA conference to discuss the latest tech offerings from big contractors like Lockheed, Raytheon and Northrop-Grumman. This year, nestled between the big displays was a small booth manned not by defense contractors, but by active-duty Army officers, assigned to the Army Cyber Institute at West Point.
Using concepts and techniques that have been around for years, the captains demoed a low-cost proof-of-concept "rifle" designed to deliver network effects in support of a tactical mission. Created to show what the future of warfare might look like, the captains fixed a yagi antenna, Raspberry Pi with Kali, a wifi radio and a battery onto an airsoft M4 rifle frame. For the demo, the target was an enemy "mobile observation post" quadcopter. With a tap on the Raspberry Pi's touchscreen, the officers ran a script to take advantage of a well-known and significant flaw in the Parrot Ar Drone, killing the quadcopter mid-flight for dramatic effect.
Total cost of the whole setup? About $150 and 10 hours of build time. Similar offerings from defense contractors might be orders of magnitude greater in cost, and considering our recent fiscal challenges, the time might be right for a change. One thing is clear: these guys will not be building the next tank or bomber. But for smaller technical requirements, it makes fiscal and practical sense to encourage our own forces to create on-the-fly solutions on the front line.

Submission + - The Army Bug Bounty Program: A Critical Need in Defense (cyberdefensereview.org)

hypercard writes: It seems just about every major tech company and even a few other large non-tech corporations have bug bounty programs as part of an effort to improve security through a community effort. Captains Rock Stevens and Michael Weigand, both Cyber officers in the US Army, recently published Army Vulnerability Response Program, an outline for a legal way of disclosing bugs in Army software and networks.

Submission + - Why CSI: Cyber Matters (cyberdefensereview.org)

hypercard writes: CSI: Cyber has been the butt of many jokes in the info community since its inception. But in addition to facilitating lots of cyber bingo events and live tweets to call out technical errors, the show has real value in bringing awareness about infosec issues to the masses. Members of the Army Cyber Institute at West Point discuss the upside of CSI: Cyber in an article in the Cyber Defense Review. Shad Moss (aka Bow Wow), has more followers than the entire top one thousand information security professionals on twitter, and Shad Moss is just one cast member!

Submission + - West Point and Marines Launch Open Cyber Conflict Journal

rumint writes: The Army Cyber Institute at West Point and the Marine Corps Cyberspace Command just launched an open journal studying cyber conflict — Cyber Defense Review. It focuses on strategy, operations, tactics, history, ethics, law and policy in the cyber domain. The Cyber Defense Review (CDR) is positioning itself as the leading online and print journal for issues related to cyber conflict for military, industry, professional and academic scholars, practitioners and operators interested providing timely and important research to advance the body of knowledge in an inherently multi-disciplinary field.

Submission + - New academic journal announced: Cyber Defense Review (cyberdefensereview.org)

hypercard writes: From the researchers at the Army Cyber Institute at West Point and MARFORCYBER, the Marines' operational cyber element:
"The Cyber Defense Review is a forum for current and emerging research on cyber operations focused on the strategy, operations, tactics, history, ethics, law and policy in the cyber domain. The Cyber Defense Review (CDR) is positioning itself as the leading online and print journal for issues related to cyber for military, industry, professional and academic scholars, practitioners and operators interested providing timely and important research to advance the body of knowledge in an inherently multi-disciplinary field. The CDR provides an unclassified venue for content divided into an online journal with longer more thoroughly researched articles and a blog with short engaging thought pieces to stir rapid discussion within the broader community. We publish original, unpublished, relevant and engaging contributed content from across the community."

Submission + - Sony Hack Not An Act of War (blogspot.com)

hypercard writes: Army Cyber Institute's Cyber Law Fellow, Bob Clark, outlines five reason that he thinks the recent Sony hacks shouldn't be considered an act of war. The Army Cyber Institute is the Army's premier organization for research, advice and education in the cyber domain, with its members participating in security events such as Shmoocon, DEFCON, HOPE and Black Hat.

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