Did a US Special Forces Team Just Deploy to Al-Watiya, Libya in a SOCOM Owned Airplane?
U.S. intelligence agencies recently identified a Russian cybersecurity firm, which has expertise in testing the network vulnerabilities of the electrical grid, financial markets and other critical infrastructure, as having close ties to Moscow’s Federal Security Service, the civilian intelligence service. The relationship between the company and the FSB, as the spy agency is known, has heightened fears among U.S. cyberintelligence officials that Moscow is stepping up covert efforts to infiltrate computer networks that control critical U.S. infrastructure such as oil and gas pipelines and transportation. – The Washington Times
Russian Military Bases in the Arctic
Stratfor Military Analyst Sim Tack analyzes a series of satellite images that show the construction of Russian military bases in the Arctic. – Stratfor
Pentagon Nervous About Chinese and Russian Military robots
The Pentagon is rushing to keep up with Russian and Chinese efforts to develop highly autonomous robots — in Russia’s case, ones capable of independently carrying out military operations, deputy defense secretary Robert Work told a Center for New American Security national security forum today. Work quoted the Defense Science Board’s summer study on autonomy and AI, which said that the human race stands at “an inflection point” in the development of artificial intelligence. Different nations, he noted, are reacting in very different ways. – Defense One
SOFREP Daily Brief – 12-18-2015
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