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December 22, 2014

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December 19, 2014

Weekly Recap: Pakistan, Cuba, Russia

If you look carefully, you can see Gen. Ray Odierno and other national security/foreign policy figures joining in on a farewell “We’ll Meet Again” song for the Colbert Report. We’ll bid you our own farewell for the week with a recap of what we wrote about at Five By Five, and some highlights from elsewhere, too. Full story

December 18, 2014

McCain Wants ‘Comprehensive Cybersecurity Legislation,’ Once Fought It

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McCain in September. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Riffing on the news over Sony pulling “The Interview” following a big cyber hack and threatened attack, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Thursday that Congress must “finally pass long-overdue comprehensive cybersecurity legislation.”

Flashback to 2012: McCain was perhaps the most vocal opponent of a comprehensive cybersecurity bill that advanced in the Senate. Full story

By Tim Starks Posted at 10:56 a.m.

December 15, 2014

National Security Work Done, and Still Undone, in Congressional Stretch Run

It’s been an exceptionally hectic stretch run for Congress. For such an unproductive 113th session, a great deal has sped up as the finish line nears, likely this week. Here’s a rundown of what’s happened on the national security and foreign policy fronts, and some of what still hasn’t happened, with links to ($) stories. Full story

Army’s Future, Syria, Defense Tech in the Week Ahead

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Crocker at his confirmation hearing to serve as U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan in 2011. (Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly)

All the big ticket congressional items on the defense agenda are finished, and now it’s down to the Senate fighting over a number of nominees, most prominent among them in the national security sphere Antony Blinken, for deputy secretary of State. Elsewhere… Full story

December 8, 2014

Arms Control, Human Rights, Afghanistan in the Week Ahead

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Kilmer attends a House Armed Services Committee markup of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill in 2013. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Congressional votes on Defense spending and policy bills are expected this week. Wait! That’s not all! Full story

December 5, 2014

Weekly Recap: SecDef, Defauth, Diamond Dave

There were two obviously major storylines this week: A new Defense secretary is on the way, and the fiscal 2015 defense policy bill hit the streets. There were plenty of other stories elsewhere, too. Full story

December 1, 2014

DARPA Wants to See Through Computers to Detect Cyber Threats

The Defense Advanced Research Agency sees a problem: “Modern computing systems act as black boxes in that they accept inputs and generate outputs but provide little to no visibility of their internal workings. This greatly limits our ability to understand cyber behaviors at the level of detail necessary to detect and counter some of the most important types of cyber threats.”

That’s why the Pentagon’s futuristic R&D wing is preparing to solicit ideas Dec. 15 via a proposers’ day for something it calls “transparent computing.” It’s a possible solution to the fact that some of the most advanced cyber threats (Advanced Persistent Threats, or APTs) remain dormant in a system for a long period of time, hidden in various individual places in that system and blending in with other functions.

The language is a little dense, but here’s the concept, per an announcement last week:

The Transparent Computing (TC) program aims to make currently opaque computing systems transparent by providing high-fidelity visibility into component interactions during system operation across all layers of software abstraction… By automatically or semi-automatically “connecting the dots” across multiple activities that are individually legitimate but collectively indicate malice or abnormal behavior, TC will enable the prompt detection of APTs and other cyber threats, and allow complete root cause analysis and damage assessment once adversary activity is identified.

By Tim Starks Posted at 3:23 p.m.

November 17, 2014

Helicopters, ISR & NSA in the Week Ahead

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Ayotte on the campaign trail in August. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

It’s a week that’s loaded up in the middle even more than usual, with less happening on Monday and Friday than Washington, D.C.’s well-established tendency toward slow beginnings and sleepy endings.  Full story

November 14, 2014

Five By Five Friday Q&A: Shane Harris, Author of @War

harrisshane hres 105x147 Five By Five Friday Q&A: Shane Harris, Author of @WarShane Harris is a reporter at the Daily Beast and the author of the acclaimed book “The Watchers.” His new book, “@War,” hit the shelves this week. It’s about the “fifth domain” of warfare, after land, space, air and sea: cyberspace.

After filing reports this week with Noah Schachtman (@noahshachtman) on how ISIS was dodging electronic surveillance and publishing an excerpt of his book at the Daily Beast, Harris (@shaneharris) spoke with Five By Five about the themes of his tome, such as how cyber offense and cyber defense are sometimes at odds; how the Iraq War was the first cyber war; and the “military-Internet complex.” Full story

By Tim Starks Posted at 3:09 p.m.
Cyber, War

November 10, 2014

The Week Ahead: Congress Returns, Veterans Day

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A female member of the U.S. Army takes part in the 94th annual New York City Veterans Day Parade on 5th Avenue on Nov. 11, 2013 in New York City. (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Congress is back in town, with plans to needle administration officials over Ebola and ISIS. Bruce Springsteen will be in town, too, for a Veterans Day concert. Full story

November 3, 2014

Chemical Weapons, Cybersecurity & Clapper in the Week Ahead

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President Obama casts a ballot in early voting for the 2014 midterm elections on Oct. 20 in Chicago. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Tuesday is election day, and CQ Roll Call is having its Post Election Impact Conference Thursday (check out this link for details and a discount code). Washington, D.C. isn’t standing still for the midterms, though. Full story

October 10, 2014

Weekly Recap: Syria Air Strikes, Operation Blue Spoon, Hawk Vs. Drone

This week, we recap the subjects in the headline, plus some Guantanamo, some politics, some cybersecurity, some Iran and more. Full story

Why the Internet Will Never Be Completely Secure

Will we ever be 100 percent secure from data security threats? According to the panelists at a Thursday afternoon roundtable on cybersecurity, the answer is no. There are a couple reasons for this: design flaws and human error. Full story

October 9, 2014

The White House Cybersecurity Czar Wants to Kill Your Password

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Daniel, Special Assistant to the President and the Cybersecurity Coordinator, listens during a discussion at the Reagan Building last October. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Michael Daniel, the White House cyber czar, says he isn’t just worried about bad passwords as a security liability. He doesn’t even want the password around anymore at all as a big part of computer security.

“Frankly, I would really love to kill the password dead as a primary security method, because it’s terrible,” Daniel said Thursday.

The problem, then, is what takes its place. Among the possibilities: selfies. Full story

By Tim Starks Posted at 11:18 a.m.
Cyber, Technology

October 1, 2014

Iran, Terrorists, North Korea Scariest Cybersecurity Threats, Obama Officials Say

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Carlin speaks as Attorney General Eric Holder, right, and U.S. Attorney for Western District of Pennsylvania David Hickton, left, listen during a May announcement on indictments against Chinese military hackers on cyber-espionage. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Russia and China might be the the most advanced (non-U.S.) countries when it comes to cyber operations, but the cybersecurity threats a group of Obama administration officials said they worried about most come from another place. Namely: the countries and groups that are not “deterrable.” Full story

By Tim Starks Posted at 10:16 a.m.

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