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SpaceNews.com Missile Defense by Sandra Erwin Everyone says the U.S. needs missile-tracking sensors in space, but will the DoD make it happen?“On National Security” appears in every issue of SpaceNews magazine. This column ran in the March 12, 2018 issue.The hand-wringing continues at the Pentagon over how to respond to Chinese and Russian missile advances. The latest line of thinking is that the U.S. needs more sophisticated and more discriminating sensors that can fill in blind spots in current air and missile defense systems. And that the best approach would be to place those sensors on satellites in space.With U.S. adversaries on a path toward faster and stealthier missiles, “sensor coverage is a very big deal,” said Air Force Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, director of the Missile Defense Agency.It’s simple, he said. “If you can’t see it, you can’t shoot.” The reality is that current anti-missile defenses have gaps. Greaves...
MIT Technology ReviewPosted by Jamie Condliffe The US Treasury also placed sanctions on Russian hackers over election meddling and last year’s NotPetya ransomware attack. Infrastructure hacks: A joint alert from the FBI and Homeland Security Department explains that “since at least March 2016, Russian government cyber actors have also targeted U.S. government entities and multiple U.S. critical infrastructure sectors, including the energy, nuclear, commercial facilities, water, aviation, and critical manufacturing sectors.” Direct action: The US Treasury has placed sanctions on five groups and 19 individuals from Russia for their involvement with “nefarious [cyber] attacks.” It specifically mentions interference in the 2016 US election and the NotPetya ransomware attack. The sanctions mean individuals and organizations in the US are banned from doing business with the Russian entities. The message: “The Administration is confronting and countering malign Russian cyber activity, including their attempted interference in U.S. elections, destructive cyber-attacks, and intrusions targeting critical infrastructure,” explained...

US military reveals new firefight in Niger

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By Ryan Browne, CNN  (CNN)The US military revealed for the first time Wednesday that US troops were involved in a firefight in Niger in December, just months after a Green Beret-led team was ambushed by ISIS militants in October, an attack that left four US soldiers dead. In a statement provided to CNN by Pentagon spokeswoman Maj. Sheryll Klinkel, the US military said that "during a mission in the Lake Chad Basin region the morning of Dec. 6, a combined force of Nigerien and US military members came under fire from a formation of violent extremists." The military stressed that US troops were not seeking combat and that the joint US-Nigerien mission was aimed at setting "the conditions for future partner-led operations against violent extremist organizations in the region," adding that "no aspect of this mission focused on pursuing enemy militants.""With that said, our forces do operate in unstable areas...
by SAM DORMAN - IJR A federal judge sentenced 32-year-old Muhanad Mahmoud al Farekh to 45 years in prison for engaging in terrorist conduct and conspiring to carry out terrorist acts.Farekh, an American citizen who ascended to Al-Qaeda leadership, faced a trial conviction in September of last year. The Justice Department claimed Tuesday that the trial proved Farekh and his co-conspirators traveled to fight United States forces in the Middle East.ADVERTISINGFarekh, DOJ said, helped build an explosive device used in an attack on a U.S. military installation in Afghanistan.“Farekh, a citizen of this country,” U.S. Attorney Richard P. Donoghue said, "turned his back on America by joining Al-Qaeda and trying to kill American soldiers in a bomb attack on a U.S. military base in Afghanistan.“This case demonstrates that we will do everything in our power to ensure that those who seek to harm our country and our armed forces will...
UNCOVA - The German government has given Nigerian Navy 5 gunboats to fight terrorists- Consul-General of Germany in Nigeria, Ingo Herbert, said the development deepen its partnership with Nigeria- The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ete Ibas, said that Germany had earlier supported the Nigerian Navy in provision of MTUThe German government has donated five gunboats to Nigerian Navy to fight insurgency in the Lake Chad area of the northeast.Vanguard reports that Consul-General of Germany in Nigeria, Ingo Herbert, on Tuesday, March 13, at the handover of the boats in Onne, Rivers state, said the development was a positive vibe for Germany in deepening its partnership with Nigeria and helping build peace and development in the country.NAIJ.com gathered that Herbert said: “The five boats are part of the Greater Initiatives Germany to enhance peace and security in partner-countries and fight against terrorism. The maritime space sensitively accommodates a...