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The Obama administration to sell armed drones to allies


The United States said Tuesday that it will allow for the first time the export of armed drones to some allied countries.

Armed drones are a cornerstone of Washington’s military strategy against armed groups and militants in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

“The United States is the world’s technological leader in the development and deployment of military Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS, or drones),” the State Department said in a statement.

“As other nations begin to employ military UAS more regularly and as the nascent commercial UAS market emerges, the United States has a responsibility to ensure that sales, transfers, and subsequent use of all US-origin UAS are responsible and consistent with US national security and foreign policy interests, including economic security, as well as with US values and international standards.”

The statement did not say which countries would be customers, but several allies are eager to get their hands on the hardware, with The Washington Post citing Italy, Turkey and the Gulf.

So far, the United States has sold its armed drones only to close ally Britain, the newspaper said.

“The technology is here to stay,” a senior State Department official told the Post. “It’s to our benefit to have certain allies and partners equipped appropriately.”

Drones are hugely controversial with many campainging against their use, pointing to the devastating impact these weapons have on civilians.

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China’s anti-satellite weapon a ‘trump card’ against US’

ATIcourses has many courses related to Space, Satellites, GPS and Satellite Communications. We think the the news below could be of interest to our visitors.

Amid reports that China is gearing up to conduct one more anti-satellite weapons test (ASAT) putting US Global Positioning System (GPS) at risk, Chinese state media today asserted that Beijing had the right to carry out the test as it is a “trump card” against Washington.


China may be gearing up to perform a controversial ASAT test this month, perhaps in the next week or two, US media report said.

“In 2007 and 2010, China conducted anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons tests, both on January 11. Rumours circulating for the past few months suggest that some within the US defence and intelligence community believe China is preparing to conduct another ASAT test,” Union of Concerned Scientists, a Cambridge-based body of scientists reported.

China’s previous tests caused concern in India too with assertions by the Indian defence officials that New Delhi also should acquire such a capability.

Read more here.


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Cyber warfare on the rise. ATI offers information.

Year 2011 proved to be the record year for cyber attacks.  Security experts have discovered the biggest series of cyber attacks to date, involving the infiltration of the networks of 72 organizations including the United Nations, governments and companies around the world.

The graph shows many of the main Cyber Events of this tremendous 2011 up to June 16, 2011. Additional attacks were discovered against U.S. Defense Contractors (L-3 on April 6th, and Northrop Grumman on May 26th) as well. Cyber acts are a growing problem.

Other companies that suffered cyber attacks later in the year were Sega video game software developer, and the biggest security breach of the year: Zappos online shoe and apparel shop.

Would you information to protect your company against this modern day threat?

Applied Technology Institute, LLC offers a new Cyber Warfare-Theory and Fundamentals course on April 3-4, 2012 in Columbia, MD.

This two-day course is intended for technical and programmatic staff involved in the development, analysis, or testing of Information Assurance, Network Warfare, Network-Centric, and NetOPs systems. The course will provide perspective on emerging policy, doctrine, strategy, and operational constraints affecting the development of cyber warfare systems. This knowledge will greatly enhance participants’ ability to develop operational systems and concepts that will produce integrated, controlled, and effective cyber effects at each warfare level. U.S. citizenship required for students registered in this course.

You will learn the following:

  • What are the relationships between cyber warfare, information assurance, information operations, and network-centric warfare?
  • How can a cyber warfare capability enable freedom of action in cyberspace?
  • What are legal constraints on cyber warfare?
  • How can cyber capabilities meet standards for weaponization?
  • How should cyber capabilities be integrated with military exercises?
  • How can military and civilian cyberspace organizations prepare and maintain their workforce to play effective roles in cyberspace?
  • What is the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI)?

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