Russias tests its new autonomous nuclear submarine off the US coast

Russias tests its new autonomous nuclear submarine off the US coast

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A collection of new emerging, and advanced technologies, combined with a new political landscape are helping nation states refashion their war machines and society should not be complacent about the implications   After an apparent leak by a Russian news outlet it has emerged that...

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US Navy successfully tests it’s latest Railgun at full power

US Navy successfully tests it’s latest Railgun at full power

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Railguns have taken decades to develop but the technology, that fires high impact projectiles at hypersonic speeds to vaporize its targets, is now here.   The US Navy (USN) recently revealed a video of the first commissioning tests of a railgun, a futuristic weapon that...

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IBM opens the worlds first commercial Cyber Range

IBM opens the worlds first commercial Cyber Range

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As more organisations are subjected to cyber attacks it is important they have a way to evaluate their readiness, and their ability to identify, mitigate and manage events.   It was a big day for IBM on Monday as it opened its new security headquarters...

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BAE uses AI to defeat todays state of the art electronic jamming systems

BAE uses AI to defeat todays state of the art electronic jamming systems

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF More countries are using increasingly advanced electronic warfare and jamming systems to disable everything from drones to entire fleets and countering them has become a top priority for military and security services around the world.   Radar used to be a slow science. Electronic warfare...

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Drone ray gun gets FAA approval to take out drones at airports

Drone ray gun gets FAA approval to take out drones at airports

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Drones are increasingly being used by criminals and terrorists to disrupt and destroy high value targets so security services around the world are now in an arms race to make sure they stay one step ahead of the threat.   A UK created “ray gun”...

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Drones are fighting back against laser attacks

Drones are fighting back against laser attacks

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Drones are seen by many military and terrorist organisations around the world as the new weapons platform of choice and working out new ways to destroy and disable them is a top priority but it’s a game of cat and mouse.   Back in 2014,...

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The era of pre-crime? Chinese AI can tell you’re a criminal by looking at your photo

The era of pre-crime? Chinese AI can tell you’re a criminal by looking at your photo

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The greatest danger we face is underestimating the power of todays, let alone tomorrows, technology. As we enter an era of persistent online and offline surveillance it is becoming easier to see how one day police forces around the world could create a Minority Report...

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US Navy will soon be able to launch surprise drone attacks from the deep sea

US Navy will soon be able to launch surprise drone attacks from the deep sea

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Drone technology is advancing at a furious rate and military powers around the world are exploiting them to their advantage, deploying them – arguably – everywhere and anywhere.   The US military tech development agency is testing a special ‘pod’ drone delivery system that can...

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The US Navy announced it will build a global network of undersea drone highways

The US Navy announced it will build a global network of undersea drone highways

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New technologies, combined with a renewed global focus on defence and security, have kicked off a new arms race and every corner, every theatre and every environment on Earth, and in space, seems to be fair game.   As unmanned aerial drones have become a...

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Lasers on fighter jets by 2020, the USAF and Northrop Grumman get cosy

Lasers on fighter jets by 2020, the USAF and Northrop Grumman get cosy

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New threats, such as drone swarms and new hypersonic planes and missile systems, are increasingly testing America’s defensive capabilities, as a consequence the US Military are now pushing the development of laser and directed energy weapons to counter these new threats hard.   With new...

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The Pentagon announces more investment and a new anti-satellite warfare strategy

The Pentagon announces more investment and a new anti-satellite warfare strategy

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF More and more of America’s adversaries realise the important role that space has to play in defence and they are increasingly launching their own systems to copy the US’ capabilities so the Pentagon is taking steps to re-dress the balance   As the weaponisation of...

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China claims new anti-stealth radar systems neutralise stealth

China claims new anti-stealth radar systems neutralise stealth

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Chinas relentless drive to develop new radar detection systems could, if true, render stealth technologies obsolete   This week at the Zhuhai Air Show  China showed off what it claims is an anti-stealth radar system that could threaten to undo hundreds of billions in US spending...

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Scientists smash the amount of information a photon can carry

Scientists smash the amount of information a photon can carry

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The more information a photon can carry the sooner we can create quantum communications systems that are immune from hackers and eavesdropping.   Single photons are ideally suited for sending information in digital form because they can be used to encode 0 and 1’s. As a result it is easy...

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Artificial atom breakthrough to usher in era of secure communications

Artificial atom breakthrough to usher in era of secure communications

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF By 2031 Quantum computing will be able to crack most of today’s most commonly used encryption systems, Quantum Key Distribution will provide organisations and governments with a way to communicate that is immune from attacks and eavesdropping.   From credit card numbers to bank account...

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US Navy’s future supersonic submarines will command swarms of autonomous drones

US Navy’s future supersonic submarines will command swarms of autonomous drones

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Americas submarines of the future will command huge swarms of autonomous drones and travel at supersonic speeds, changing the nature of warfare, and balance of power.   In the next two decades the US is going to be putting its next generation of subs into...

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Encryption’s arch nemesis is a ticking quantum time bomb

Encryption’s arch nemesis is a ticking quantum time bomb

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Encryption is the primary tool that organisations and governments use to keep data safe and secure, when Quantum computers become more wide spread criminals, hackers and state sponsored actors will be able to use them to decrypt data and render most encryption algorithms obsolete.  ...

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China’s puts final touches to its 2,000km long unhackable quantum network

China’s puts final touches to its 2,000km long unhackable quantum network

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum networks are unhackable, keeping data secure and making interception and eavesdropping impossible, now they can cover greater distances which will help increase their adoption and use   By the end of this year, a team led by researchers from the University of Science and...

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New blockchain DNS system would put an end to DDoS attacks

New blockchain DNS system would put an end to DDoS attacks

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Blockchain can help organisations and governments improve the resilience of their operations without compromising security   On Friday, October 21st the internet – specifically the US west coast and parts of Europe, fell victim to the worlds largest DDoS attack. At the time reports said that nearly half the...

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US Army to equip its bases and vehicles with laser weapons by 2023

US Army to equip its bases and vehicles with laser weapons by 2023

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF They’re finally here, now we’re just waiting for the laser guns.   The US Army have announced that they are going to be going all in on laser and direct energy weapons and that they will be rolling them out to all of their Forward Operating...

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Australia’s Little Ripper search and rescue drone goes looking for sharks

Australia’s Little Ripper search and rescue drone goes looking for sharks

Australia trials search and rescue drones to help protect people – and sharks Although the chance of dying from a shark attack in your lifetime is just one in 3.7 million, it doesn’t hurt to be a little vigilant in areas frequently visited by sharks. With this in mind, the...

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