Montana tribe rips Trump administration over federal coal leasing

Reuters | May 30, 2019

A Montana tribe this week blasted the Trump administration for seeking to overturn an Obama-era moratorium on federal coal leasing without consulting it, saying the move violated its treaty rights and would have major impacts on its land. The criticism from Northern Cheyenne President Rynalea Whiteman Pena, in a letter to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt on May 28, reflects ongoing tensions between Native American tribes and the Trump administration over its energy policy that first erupted over a North Dakota pipeline project in 2017.

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Artificial Intelligence (AI), the appearance of logical, sometimes human appearing, analysis and decision making in hardware, software and robotic mechanisms, has been a science fiction staple as both a benefactor and an antagonist since the 1950s. The reality of AI is more complex with advanced, digital logic systems able to learn and perform specific functions in ways exceeding human abilities. These technologies can both support missions to protect the United States, and conversely, be employed by our adversaries to identify vulnerabilities and opportunities for malicious actions.

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Artificial Intelligence (AI), the appearance of logical, sometimes human appearing, analysis and decision making in hardware, software and robotic mechanisms, has been a science fiction staple as both a benefactor and an antagonist since the 1950s. The reality of AI is more complex with advanced, digital logic systems able to learn and perform specific functions in ways exceeding human abilities. These technologies can both support missions to protect the United States, and conversely, be employed by our adversaries to identify vulnerabilities and opportunities for malicious actions.

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CTI launches software integration and training services for government platforms

CTI | August 18, 2021

CTI, a leading government software and systems development company, is launching its new Training and Integration Services program. CTI now offers customized Team Awareness Kit/Tactical Assault Kit (TAK) and RaptorX training to improve and maintain TAK user proficiencies and provide custom integrations for third-party platforms requiring component integrations with TAK, Raptor, and Electronic Warfare Planning and Management Tool (EWPMT) government platforms. Training Services CTI's Training Service will leverage the team's combined experience within Special Operations and Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations to provide hands-on instruction of TAK and RaptorX to the end-user, maximizing mission success in the field. CTI trainers rapidly develop customized curriculums to meet mission requirements and conduct instruction both in classroom and field training venues to support the needs of the user community. John Goodson, a Naval Special Warfare veteran and CTI's Director of Products, elaborates further on the need, "Every unit has several power users that maintain TAK proficiency across the team, but as the those individuals naturally transition into new roles, that knowledge leaves the organization, impacting mission readiness. The training services provided by our team of ex-military TAK and RaptorX subject matter experts fills that gap by expanding the team's knowledge and ensuring that it is consistently maintained regardless of personnel turnover." Integration Services With over 20 years of developing open, government-owned platforms, CTI is expanding its expertise to third-party partners that require integration of their unique technologies into government-open platforms. Offering this turnkey integration service enables our partners to focus on their technology value, leveraging CTI's experience navigating platform intricacies, government approval processes, and ensuring testing and validation is complete prior to new versions being released. "From adding complex Electronic Warfare (EW) sensors into TAK within days at training exercises to full systems integration considering networks, protocols, sensors, emerging cloud infrastructure, and operational concerns informed by our veterans -- CTI is the impartial glue that makes things work smoothly for our Warfighters," says CTI's Product Solution Architect, Steven Turner. No matter how difficult the integration, CTI is ready to bring our experience to reduce developer and user frustration, ensuring the adoption of technologies into government applications across all warfighting domains and commercial markets that may benefit from open, government-owned applications. About CTI's Solutions and Services CTI's solutions are the preferred standard in the mission space due to the team's iterative, hand-on development with users, unique application of agile methodologies, and utility-driven design. CTI is focused on building solutions on open-source and open government-owned platforms. This corporate philosophy ensures that industry proprietary software or hardware tools do not stand in the way of the right capabilities being brought to bear in the field. Paired with our "Rapid" approach to solutions development, service delivery, and business execution, CTI continues to thrive in the defense marketplace. CTI is headquartered in California, MD and has offices in San Diego, Camarillo, and Santa Barbara, CA as well as Denver, CO, Honolulu, HI, and Chantilly, VA.

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Cyble Launches Defense Threat Intelligence Solution for Law Enforcement and Government Agencies

Cyble | November 08, 2021

Cyble, an AI-powered, Y Combinator-backed, cyber threat intelligence company that empowers organizations with darkweb & cybercrime monitoring, today announced the availability of its Law Enforcement Agency (LEA) and defense threat intelligence solution. This is aimed at specifically helping law enforcement and government agencies gather, analyze, and respond to the exposure of extremely sensitive information, enriched with Cyble’s SIGINT analysis and research, that may have implications for national security or geopolitical ramifications. In this regard, Cyble has been working with several law enforcement agencies across the world. Over the past few years, organized cybercriminals and state-backed threat actors have been actively targeting critical national infrastructure. Recent examples of this include the ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline in the US, which threatened to knock out fuel supply to half of the country. Countries worldwide have seen their governments and military networks being hacked and troves of sensitive data exfiltrated by state-backed and financially motivated adversaries. The threat here is two-fold. Threat Actors primarily target organizations designated as Critical Information Infrastructure (CII) such as power plants, nuclear installations, oil pipelines and refineries, telecom network providers, and transport networks. Additionally, threat actors are also targeting the supply chain eco-system of these organizations, which typically comprise technology OEMs, contract manufacturers, strategic R&D partners, and IT service providers. These attacks are carried out with an explicit intent of espionage, sabotage, as well as intellectual property theft. “As Cyble continues on its journey to empower more organizations with early threat intelligence, strategic collaborations like these play a key role. With an exponential increase in cyber-attacks as more organizations and agencies go digital, we aim to empower our government partners with advanced threat monitoring capabilities to provide expeditious intelligence which they can immediately act upon.” Manish Chachada, Co-founder and COO of Cyble Through Cyble Hawk, Cyble is now offering deep visibility into the darkweb and surface web to unearth attacks and discover sensitive information before it can be used to compromise state infrastructure, jeopardize national security, or cause diplomatic issues for governments. Government agencies will now be empowered to hunt for and discover sensitive strategic information that could be used to avert financial fraud, detect sensitive or strategic data exposure, and deploy suitable countermeasures. Further details on the capabilities are available here. “Cyble is excited to be collaborating with law enforcement and governmental agencies in helping them build a more resilient cyberspace presence, by empowering them with timely and actionable threat intelligence. As we expand our relationship to the government and LEA entities, we are thrilled to drive our research and intelligence capabilities to greater heights.” Beenu Arora, Co-founder and CEO of Cyble About Cyble Cyble is a global threat intelligence SaaS provider that helps enterprises protect themselves from cybercrimes and exposure in the darkweb. Its prime focus is to provide organizations with real-time visibility to their digital risk footprint. Backed by Y Combinator as part of the 2021 winter cohort, Cyble has also been recognized by Forbes as one of the top 20 Best Cybersecurity Start-ups to Watch. Headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia, and with offices in Australia, Singapore, and India, Cyble has a global presence.

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NOAA Partners with Google to Boost Weather Forecasts with AI

NOAA | October 27, 2020

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Google linked up to cooperatively steer artificial intelligence and machine learning-driven pilot projects that could advance the agency’s environmental monitoring, weather predicting, and climate research capabilities. Through a three-year deal unveiled Tuesday, the two will collectively study and develop small-scale AI systems and eventually wider-ranging prototypes that might be infused across NOAA’s broader enterprise. Such resources would be of good use to the water and climate-focused agency, which is responsible for providing raw data for weather forecasts nationwide, including those used to predict hurricanes and other natural disasters.

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