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No AI For Nuclear Command & Control: JAIC’s Shanahan

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The Joint Artificial Intelligence Center won’t automate nuclear response — but it is working towards AI on conventional weapons and leery of arms control.

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Thin Clients & Persistent Threats: Coping With The New Cyber Dangers

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GEORGETOWN: Four days after Defense Secretary Ash Carter launched the Pentagon’s new cyber strategy, experts and officials offered a grim picture of the global threat. The threat is metastasizing in ways that will require new kinds of defenses — even while many US companies and government agencies lag on basic cybersecurity measures. “The Chinese in particular are… Keep reading →

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Gen. James Jones: Arm Syrian Rebels — Some Of Them

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WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama’s former National Security Adviser, retired Marine Gen. James Jones, said the administration should go ahead and arm rebels in Syria — albeit carefully selected ones. “Hope is not a strategy,” Jones declared at the small, student-run Georgetown Diplomacy and International Security Conference at Georgetown University, where Jones is an alumnus. “If… Keep reading →

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Gen. Hoss Cartwright Talks Immigration, Cyber, China & Afghans With iPhones

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WASHINGTON: The cheerfully controversial James “Hoss” Cartwright, retired vice-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke Friday in an intimate and academic setting that allowed the retired Marine Corps fighter pilot to muse aloud about subjects from the Civil War to quantum computing, from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (he’s a skeptic) to aircraft carriers… Keep reading →

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US Military Confronts Nightmare Scenario Of Syrian Collapse

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Call it Somalia on steroids. Call it Syria next week. Either way it’s a scenario the US military needs to prepare for: an intervention into a failing state where rival factions have looted a sophisticated arsenal, from tanks to shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles to weapons of mass destruction. There’s no political will in Washington to intervene… Keep reading →

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