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04 Jul 16. Technology Advances Too Fast For Government. The former head of the US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Kaigham (Ken) Gabriel, has warned that technology is advancing too fast for governments to keep up. Gabriel was the agency’s acting director and was “the man behind drone technology and global positioning satellites, as well as the military’s top secret, high-tech operation responsible for inventing the forerunner to the internet, Arpanet,” Computer Weekly reports. According to Gabriel, governments have little chance to stymie the development and spread of technologies like encryption.
“One of the things people and governments need to understand is that the private sector is moving [with a lot of] speed, energy and economic power. The days when government could leapfrog encryption with federally funded or defence-funded technologies are gone,” said Gabriel, who has served as an executive at Google and now heads the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory. This doesn’t mean, however, that they should throw in the towel when it comes to keeping advanced tech from falling into the wrong hands, he told the magazine in an interview.
“Export control of dual-use technology is a very important area. It is a serious issue that we have to be careful very about. Yes, the field is level from the point of view of commercial tech, but that doesn’t mean all bets are off and we should just dump all technologies on the marketplace,” he said.
“I think we are far from that utopia. There are certain elements that should be thoughtfully and carefully controlled and restricted by export,” he added. (Source: Cyber Security Intelligence/I-HLS)
06 Jul 16. Australia’s DST and partners to improve autonomous capabilities for defence. The Australian Defence Science and Technology Group (DST) is collaborating with partners in industry and academia to improve autonomous capabilities for defence.
DST’s partners include Agent Oriented Software (AOS) Group, Insitu and Deakin University.
The partnership will bring together AOS’s intelligent agent expertise, Insitu’s platform technologies, Deakin University’s experience in intelligent systems and DST’s knowledge of human-machine teaming, according to a statement posted on DST’s website.
The company aims to develop a prototype robotic teaming system that would provide autonomous perimeter and base protection capabilities.
The proposed system is an extension of AOS Group’s intelligent Watchdog (iWD) concept. As a result of the partnership, a group of unmanned vehicles and ground sensors will provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance responses to intruders in environments typical of airfields, forward operating bases and ports. A team lead by defence scientist Simon Ng is working with each of the partners to enhance defence operations.
Ng added: “The capability will be demonstrated to key navy and air force stakeholders in mid-2016.
“Plans are in place to continue development of key underlying technologies inherent in this system as part of DST’s strategy to facilitate the transition of autonomous technologies into defence capability.” (Source: army-technology.com)
06 Jul 16. Images show possible FC-31 fifth-generation fighter prototype. A series of images have emerged on Chinese online forums that show a possible Shenyang Aircraft Corporation (SAC) airframe that may be the prototype of the FC-31, a more refined version of the company’s J-31 fifth-generation multirole fighter.
Posted on 3 July the images, which show a partially dismantled airframe wrapped in fabric being transported on a lorry, are reminiscent of the June 2012 transport of a similar looking airframe, which later emerged as being the prototype of J-31 twin-engine fighter.
Other images shared on the Chinese micro-blogging site Weibo on 4 July reportedly show the seco