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Pentagon to review certification of Elon Musk’s SpaceX launch vehicles

SpaceX founder Elon Musk speaks at a press conference following the first launch of a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., February 6, 2018. REUTERS/Joe Skipper (Reuters) – The Pentagon will evaluate the certification for Elon Musk’s SpaceX launch vehicles to determine whether the U.S. Air Force complied with certain guidelines, according to a memo here on Monday. “Our objective is to determine whether the U.S. Air Force complied with the Launch Services New Entrant Certification Guide when certifying the launch system…

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US-Mexico border: Pentagon to deploy an extra 2,000 troops

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Soldiers are helping to lay miles of razor wire along the border The US is to send an additional 2,000 troops to its border with Mexico, the Pentagon has announced. It will bring the total number of troops stationed on the southern border to about 4,300. The Pentagon said the soldiers would help border-patrol agents, carry out surveillance work and install miles of razor wire. It comes as President Donald Trump battles Congress for funds to build a wall along the border. He says…

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Pentagon chief of staff Kevin Sweeney resigns

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Rear Adm Kevin Sweeney is the third senior Pentagon official to resign after President Trump’s Syria announcement Department of Defence chief of staff Kevin Sweeney has resigned, a month after the Defence Secretary James Mattis announced his departure. Rear Admiral Sweeney said in a statement that “the time is right to return to the private sector”. He is now the third senior Pentagon official to announce his resignation after President Donald Trump said US forces would leave Syria. Officials have said there is no timetable…

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Pentagon looks to exoskeletons to build ‘super-soldiers’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Army is investing millions of dollars in experimental exoskeleton technology to make soldiers stronger and more resilient, in what experts say is part of a broader push into advanced gear to equip a new generation of “super-soldiers.” The technology is being developed by Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) with a license from Canada-based B-TEMIA, which first developed the exoskeletons to help people with mobility difficulties stemming from medical ailments like multiple sclerosis and severe osteoarthritis. Worn over a pair of pants, the battery-operated exoskeleton uses a…

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Pentagon says memo asking for Broadcom-CA deal review is likely fake

(Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Defense said on Wednesday that a memo purporting to show the Pentagon asking for a national security review of chipmaker Broadcom Inc’s (AVGO.O) $19 billion deal to buy software company CA Technologies (CA.O) was likely fake. A sign to the campus offices of chip maker Broadcom Ltd, is shown in Irvine, California, U.S., November 6, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake Broadcom said in a statement that the two companies are American, “and there is no basis in fact or law for CFIUS review of our pending…

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Pentagon slow to protect weapon systems from cyber threats: U.S. agency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon has been slow to protect major weapon systems from cyber attacks and routinely found critical vulnerabilities that hackers could potentially exploit in those systems, a federal government report said on Tuesday. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), a watchdog unit of Congress, said in a 50-page report that the Pentagon found “mission-critical cyber vulnerabilities in systems” under development. “Using relatively simple tools and techniques, testers were able to take control of systems and largely operate undetected, due in part to basic issues such as poor…

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Google drops $10bn battle for Pentagon data contract

Image copyright Getty Images/Google Image caption Google’s Cloud computing division had eyed up a lucrative US Department of Defense contract Google has abandoned efforts to win a $10bn (£7.7bn) Pentagon cloud computing contract. The firm said the work might have transgressed principles it published in June limiting its artificial-intelligence-related activities. Thousands of its staff had previously protested against its involvement in a separate Department of Defense project. The tech firm revealed the latest decision hours after confirming it had exposed Google+ users’ personal data. Cloud clash The Pentagon contract was…

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Google drops out of bidding for $10 billion Pentagon data deal

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Monday it was no longer vying for a $10 billion cloud computing contract with the U.S. Defense Department, in part because the company’s new ethical guidelines do not align with the project, without elaborating. FILE PHOTO: An illuminated Google logo is seen inside an office building in Zurich September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Arnd WIegmann/File Photo Google said in a statement “we couldn’t be assured that [the JEDI deal] would align with our AI Principles and second, we determined that there were portions…

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Oracle Corp files protest over Pentagon cloud computing contract

(Reuters) – Oracle Corp (ORCL.N) filed a protest on Monday with the U.S. Department of Defense over its plans to award a cloud computing contract that could be worth up to $10 billion to a single company instead of allowing for multiple winners. A sign marks a building housing Oracle offices in Burlington, Massachusetts, U.S., June 21, 2017. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File Photo The Defense Department opened the competition in July and said a single winner would allow for the most rapid adoption of the technology. It said the deal’s initial two-year…

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Pentagon cracks down on soldiers’ GPS tracking apps

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Strava Global Heat Map revealed soldiers’ exercise routines overseas The US military has issued an order to immediately begin restricting soldiers’ use of GPS tracking apps in areas deemed to be sensitive or dangerous. Troops in “operational areas” such as warzones or overseas US bases can now be required to disable their electronic devices’ geolocation services. GPS tracking, which is present on most phones and smartwatches, enables fitness tracking and even dating apps. The move comes after a fitness app revealed US troop…

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