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Open newsletter – May 4, 2022 p.m.

TODAY:

  • AROUND THE WORLD
  • DEFENSE – MILITARY – CYBER
  • INTELLIGENCE
  • SPACE
  • TECH

 

AROUND THE WORLD

China

  • May 4. By World Nuclear News. Unit 6 of the Hongyanhe nuclear power plant in China’s Liaoning province has been connected to the grid, China General Nuclear (CGN) announced. The unit – the second of two ACPR-1000 reactors built as Phase II of the plant – is scheduled to enter commercial operation later this year. (read more)

Russia – Ukraine

  • May 4. By H I Sutton, Naval News. The Russian Navy has a massive numerical advantage over their Ukrainian foe. Yet they have lost 5 vessels, some major and some minor. All are significant. (read more)
  • May 4. By Breaking Defense. On March 4, just hours after filing an on-the-ground assessment of the first few weeks of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Kyiv-based Breaking Defense contributor Reuben Johnson disappeared. He eventually remerged in Poland, having been robbed by Russian soldiers and detained at gunpoint for two full weeks. The following is Reuben’s story of his time in captivity at a Russian base, how he eventually was freed and what he learned about the invasion while surrounded by Russian soldiers. (read more)
  • May 4. By Gabriele Carrer ed Emanuele Rossi, Formiche. La falla aperta con le dichiarazioni su Hitler ed ebraismo dal ministro degli Esteri russo rischia di produrre effetti disastrosi. Alle dure reazioni diplomatiche potrebbe aggiungersi presto un aumento del coinvolgimento israeliano al fianco di Zelensky. (read more)
  • May 4. By Formiche. Il 9 maggio la Russia celebrerà la ricorrenza della vittoria nella Seconda guerra mondiale. Sarà un’occasione per cercare di comprendere gli obiettivi del Cremlino, con l’Ue che non potrà sottrarsi al suo compito di aprire il confronto tra Mosca e Kiev per arrivare a una soluzione. L’analisi dell’ambasciatore Marco Marsilli, consigliere scientifico della Fondazione Icsa, già rappresentante permanente presso il Consiglio d’Europa e direttore centrale alla Farnesina per le questioni globali e i processi G8/G20. (read more)

DEFENSE – MILITARY – CYBER

  • May 4. By Naval News. The keel for the future USS John L. Canley (ESB 6), the Navy’s fourth Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB), was laid at General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (GD-NASSCO) shipyard in San Diego on April 30. (read more)
  • May 4. By Naval News. The Royal Danish Navy fitted the Iver Huitfeldt-class frigate HDMS Niels Juel (F-363) with SM-2 Block IIIA SAMs for the first time. (read more)
  • May 4. By Naval News. Austal USA announced today that it was awarded a $230.5 million contract for the detail design and construction of EPF 16, the Navy’s newest Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) ship. (read more)
  • May 4. By Jaspreet Gill, Breaking Defense. President Joe Biden today will sign two directives aimed at advancing quantum science, including a memorandum outlining his administration’s plan to address national security risks posed by quantum computers that could be capable of cracking the Defense Department’s encryption. (read more)
  • May 4. By Patrick Tucker, Defense One. Hoping to move the world to better encryption before quantum-powered codebreaking tools arrive, the White House on Wednesday ordered federal agencies to ponder their security protocols and to jumpstart efforts to work with industry on new ones. (read more)
  • May 4. By Gabriele Carrer, Formiche. “Stiamo cercando di mettere il giusto standard sulle aziende di comunicazione per proteggere Israele e creare una sorta di ‘Iron Dome’ per i cyber-attacchi”. L’annuncio è del ministro delle Comunicazioni israeliano Yoaz Hendel, che nel corso di una conferenza stampa ha parlato di “migliaia” attacchi informatici contro il Paese “ogni anno”. (read more)
  • May 3. By Trey Herr, Robert Morgus, Stewart Scott, and Tianjiu Zuo, Atlantic Council. It is well past time for cybersecurity policy to focus more on anticipation and root technology designs than on incident response and aftermarket security. The growing consequences of cybersecurity incidents, the speed at which attackers move among targets, and the barely tolerable insecurity of widely used technology systems are all increasing risk faster than defenders can keep pace. The Buying Down Risk series addresses necessary change in the framing of cybersecurity policy in preparation for the next US national cybersecurity strategy. The chief goal of this series is to make effective security easier and cheaper and unrecoverable or unforeseeable system failure less likely. (read more)

INTELLIGENCE

  • May 2. By Stephanie Carvin, CIGI. Strategic leaking of intelligence is not new. But its strategic sharing in the run-up to the Russian invasion of Ukraine is considered unprecedented.(read more)

SPACE

  • May 4. By  , SpaceNews. South Korean startup NaraSpace Technology said May 3 it had raised 10 billion won ($7.88 million) in a Series A financing round to pursue the development of optical remote-sensing nanosatellites. (read more)
  • May 4. By  , SpaceNews. NASA Administrator Bill Nelson offered a surprisingly strong endorsement of fixed-price contracts and competition at a congressional hearing May 3, calling traditional cost-plus contracts a “plague” on the agency. (read more)

TECH

  • May 4. By  Gianluca Zapponini, Formiche. Dopo due anni di repressione sull’industria tecnologica, Pechino cambia idea e mette in cima ai pensieri la crescita, allentando la stretta sulle big tech del Dragone. Perché tra capitali in fuga e mattone in agonia c’è poco da fare i duri e puri. Intanto, a New York… (read more)
  • May 4. By Courtney Radsch, CIGI. If you believe Elon Musk, the future of civilization rests on his purchase of Twitter. The richest man in the world is plowing his earnings from Tesla, SpaceX and other hi-tech ventures into buying his favourite social media platform for several billion dollars more than it’s worth because, he says, he wants to maximize free speech. (read more)
  • May 2. By Matt Malone, CIGI. Artificial intelligence (AI) and automated decision making (ADM) used by and on behalf of the Government of Canada pose significant challenges to Canada’s Access to Information Act (ATIA). While the ATIA’s goal is to enhance accountability and transparency through the disclosure of records under the control of government, exemptions in the ATIA for third party records such as trade secrets make meaningful access difficult when it comes to AI and ADM. Several departments working at the epicentre of AI and ADM policy handle requests made to them through the ATIA by routinely invoking such exemptions. Citizens’ entitlements to transparency and accountability in such contexts are increasingly clashing with commercial actors’ desire to avoid or block disclosure of records. (read more)
  • May 2. By Rich Wagner, IndustryWeek. Advances in big data and cloud computing are improving the ability of AI to anticipate external forces and fluctuating market dynamics. (read more)