“The fact that the 2018 election process moved forward without successful Russian intervention was not a coincidence,” according to U.S. Senator Mike Rounds. The Republican from South Dakota refused to elaborate on specific mission details targeting the Internet Research Agency (IRA) in the Washington Post. Rounds added, without the aid of United States Cyber Command … [Read more...] about Cyber warfare: US Cyber Command strikes back at Russia
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Microsoft is pushing ahead with the delivery of the mixed reality technology to the U.S. Army—worth $479 million—despite protesting employees. NEWSREP reported that last Friday a group of 50 Microsoft employees wrote an open letter addressed to CEO Satya Nadella and President Brad Smith. The group, calling themselves “Microsoft Workers 4 Good” demanded in the letter: … [Read more...] about Microsoft not backing out of US Army contract despite protesting workers
A complex attack by al-Shabaab militants used a combination of a car bomb and armed militants to destroy and capture a hotel complex in Mogadishu. So far, 28 people are reported killed in the blast and subsequent shooting spree. The complex is the Hotel Maka Al-Mukarama, located in the busiest shopping district in the city, hit once before by militants. At press time, there are … [Read more...] about Breaking: Massive al-Shabaab militant car bomb attack kills 28 in Mogadishu
Approximately 50 Microsoft personnel so far stated in a petition they “do not want to become war profiteers.” This comes after the software company signed a $480 million contract to provide the U.S. army with HoloLens, an augmented reality system. After a copy of the petition appeared on Twitter Friday afternoon, a Microsoft employee told the Guardian that it further … [Read more...] about Microsoft employees refuse to work on HoloLens contract with US Army
In 2011, an Iranian electronic warfare unit took over control of a Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel stealth unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and landed it with minimal damage. Since, then the Iranian regime has refused to return the drone to the U.S. Department of Defense, as Iran stated its airspace was violated. In the meantime, Iranian engineers were feverishly trying to … [Read more...] about Breaking: Did Iran release a video of hacked American UAVs in Syria and Iraq?
Operation Flintlock is an exercise held and led by an African host nation every year since 2005. It incorporates several actors in the security spectrum, such as military, law enforcement, justice, government, and civil society. Participants are from mainly North and West Africa Special Operations Forces (SOF), with participation by several western SOF as trainers. Flintlock is … [Read more...] about Flintlock 2019 gathers special operations forces from 34 nations to train in Burkina Faso
The United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) denied that three U.S. soldiers were killed by an al-Shabaab mortar attack. AFRICOM accuses the extremist group of fabricating casualties of U.S. service members at the forward operating base (FOB) of Baledogle--also referred to as "B-dog"--on February 15, 2019. AFRICOM spokesman Christopher P. Karns told Xinhua News Agency, "No … [Read more...] about US Africa Command denies American casualties in latest al-Shabaab terrorist attack
Around the 5th of February, French Mirage 2000s carried out several airstrikes to stop a caravan of “rebels” on their approach to the capital of Chad, N’Djamena. The interdiction came after the Chadian government requested support from France in the neutralization of Union of Resistance Forces (URF). The URF convoy ostensibly left southern Libya—a fact disputed by security … [Read more...] about The devil you know: Is the French government overstepping with airstrikes in Chad?
In 2017, the U.S. Army’s 2nd Cavalry Regiment stationed in Europe received the first batch of the improved or up-gunned—in military parlance—Stryker Dragoon armored vehicles. Commanders on the ground requested them, as the 2nd needed to improve its capabilities against near-peer adversaries in theatre. In Europe, this likely would mean Russia. The term adversary is typically … [Read more...] about Cyber warfare: Did Russia hack the Army’s Stryker Dragoon armored vehicles?
Clement Vandenborre, chief of the counterintelligence directorate of Belgium’s General Information and Security Services (ADIV), was placed under house arrest on suspicions of destroying classified material. He has been temporarily relieved from his post until the conclusion of an internal investigation. This was first published by Belgium newspaper De Morgen, which cites … [Read more...] about Breaking: Belgian intelligence officials allegedly involved in espionage and destroying classified material
On the 10th of January, Portugal’s Armed Forces General Staff released a video of a five-hour-long battle between Portuguese paratroopers and the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC) militia. The battle was instigated when Union for Peace in the Central African Republic (UPC) rebels killed two police officers and wounded another in Bambari, some 400 kilometers from the capital … [Read more...] about Watch: Portuguese paratroopers raid rebel stronghold in Central African Republic
Since the beginning of 2019, al-Shabaab has been active with several high-profile attacks, chief among them the DusitD2 attack. In January, three al-Shabaab members detonated a VBIED in front of the business complex and hotel in an affluent Nairobi neighborhood before entering the facility and killing over 20 people. In the first part of this video, a series of mid-day … [Read more...] about Breaking: al-Shabaab releases video of attacks in Somalia (warning: graphic content)