The Department of Defense's (DoD) Office of the Director of Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) has issued a report detailing vulnerabilities in the Stryker Dragoon warfighting platform. Recommendations from the DOT&E are to 'Correct or mitigate cyber vulnerabilities for the platform and government-furnished equipment.'
Recommendation: Immediately remove all affected rolling stock from active utility until the requisite. contemplated investigation is completed along with full remediation and/or mitigation (Call in the DoD OIG as well). Thoroughly investigate all systems with or without connectivity, and test for vulnerabilities ranging from standalone sabotage to electronic warfare perspectives (including 'cyberattacks', network attacks, physical attacks, radio-telephony attacks and coherent light incursion, inclusive of stand-alone, one-off opportunistic aggressor-delivered attacks) utilizing both automated and non-automated code review, network packet analysis, operating system examination, et cetera. All of this accomplished with the full rigor that can be brought to bear on this problematic deployment by the most powerful defense organization on Earth. Time to get this platform squared-away before letting our Nation's most valueable assets (our warfighters) loose on these lethal machines - of which, may prove to be significantly more lethal to us than to any particular aggressor enemy. - MH
“… these men came here – British and our Allies, and Americans – to storm these beaches for one purpose only, not to gain anything for ourselves, not to fulfill any ambitions that America had for conquest, but just to preserve freedom. . . . Many thousands of men have died for such ideals as these. . . but these young boys. . . were cut off in their prime. . . I devoutly hope that we will never again have to see such scenes as these. I think and hope, and pray, that humanity will have learned. . . we must find some way . . . to gain an eternal peace for this world.” – via Carlo D’Este - Eisenhower: A Soldier’s Life (ISBN-10: 0805056874)
The Allies That Landed On The Normandy Beaches That Day In Defense of Freedom: United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Australia, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Free France, Greece, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, and Poland.
New - heretofore unreleased - statistical model can predict numbers of so-called cyber-intrusions in the Enterprise (whether that Enterprise be Military, Government or Business - apparently). By United States Army Research Laboratory research scientists Lawrence P. Knachel, Alexander Kott, Nandi O. Leslie and Richard E. Harang, the paper is slated for publication in a special release within the Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation during claendar year 2018. A pre-release copy can be garnered via Sagepub Journals. Key quote (and pertinent to information security modelers:
"Several of the predictor variables that were recommended to the researchers by subject matter experts turned out to be lacking in influence or even misleading. For example, SMEs felt that the extent to which an organization is visible on the Internet, as measured for example by the number of records found related to that organization on the popular Google Scholar, would be a significant predictor of intrusion frequency. However, it turned out that such visibility alone is not a useful predictor of successful intrusions," Leslie said." - via ARL
And perhaps note what similarities exist between and betwixt this young 2nd LT at the United States Military Academy recently branched to the Cyber Command and your career... Absolutely outstanding. Via The Cyber Defense Review.
Author: 2LT Daniel Brown
Date: Jun 11, 2015
I have been asked multiple times what my emotions were the night I learned that I would be branching cyber. The night was like any other branch night at West Point with all of the First Class cadets anxiously awaiting their fate as army officers. The only difference with this branch night as opposed to the previous decades of them was the inclusion of the new branch, Cyber, to the list of possibilities. I knew going into this night that there were roughly forty to fifty cadets that were competing for Army Cyber slots. All of us had put in work through a selection process known as the Cyber Leader Development Program in which our talents, experiences and skills were assessed by a mentor. I thought my chances were decent because I had put hours into my application packet and had done everything I had been asked to do. I knew I would branch either Army Signal or Army Cyber. My grandpa had been an officer in the Army Signal Corps so I had a historical connection to Army Signal, but my hope and dream was to branch Army Cyber.
As the night progressed we were finally given our envelopes with our branch inside and the first thing every firstie did was feel the envelope to figure out what branch they had gotten. I can say with complete honesty that I had no idea what mine was. We then waved the envelopes above our heads, as per tradition, and awaited the order to open our branches. When the order came I ripped open the envelope and confirmed my hopes and dreams. I had branched Army Cyber. The moment was surreal and was shared with several of my classmates. Cadet Ames Evans, a fellow cyber cadet, told me that he was ecstatic as well and that it was one of the greatest days of his life. Cadet Braxton Musgrove informed me he was happy, but was not incredibly surprised. This lack of surprise was an emotion that was shared by several cyber cadets who were confident in their abilities. This demonstrates one aspect of branching cyber that differentiates it from the other branches. Not only do cadets have to be sufficient in all three pillars, but even more importantly, prospective cyber soldiers have to possess a certain set of skills that separates them from their peers. To branch cyber means that you are a member of a profession. The hours and time it takes to become proficient in the skills necessary to be an effective cyber officer set cyber soldiers apart. It could be compared to learning several foreign languages, proficiently; learning to think analytically as well as logically work through incredibly complicated problems that utilize everything from cryptographic algorithms to complicated arithmetic equations. I knew that night that I was joining the ranks of such soldiers, and that was what made it one of the greatest nights of my life.
On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under one department -- the Department of Defense. Each of the military leagues and orders was asked to drop sponsorship of its specific service day in order to celebrate the newly announced Armed Forces Day. The Army, Navy and Air Force leagues adopted the newly formed day. The Marine Corps League declined to drop support for Marine Corps Day but supports Armed Forces Day, too.
In a speech announcing the formation of the day, President Truman "praised the work of the military services at home and across the seas" and said, "it is vital to the security of the nation and to the establishment of a desirable peace." In an excerpt from the Presidential Proclamation of Feb. 27, 1950, Mr. Truman stated: "Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 20, 1950, marks the first combined demonstration by America's defense team of its progress, under the National Security Act, towards the goal of readiness for any eventuality. It is the first parade of preparedness by the unified forces of our land, sea, and air defense".
"They exposed weaknesses in the armor, illustrating that "we as scientists and engineers think we have a great solution and ha-ha moments, thinking Soldiers will love this" new piece of gear. Then the Red Team would show up and show all the weaknesses, she said, so "we started solving those problems." From that point on, anything deployed to small forward operating outposts of 300 people or less gets a Red Team going over from "the construct of the operational perspective, technology perspective, and how we could integrate it in such a way not to create inherent vulnerabilities. It's been very effective." - via David Vergun writing at the United States Army
Remember our Soldiers, Marines, Airmen, Sailors, Coast Guardsmen and Intelligence Services Personnel world wide during the Thanksgiving Holiday. Heroes All.
These are times that try mens souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the LOVE and THANKS of man and woman. - Thomas Paine, 1776
Armed Forces Week, May 2014; in which, we as a Nation, display our Sincere Gratefulness, and Acknowledge our Indebtedness to our fellow citizens [and those who aspire to be citizens] in the United States Armed Forces for their astounding efforts to Protect Our Nation and Constitution.
Show your Appreciation to a Member of the Five Services for all they do - Soldiers, Airmen, Seamen, Marines and Guards - United States Army, United States Air Force, United States Navy, United States Marine Corps and the United States Coast Guard. Of course, they same sentiment goes for the members of our clandestine services, but you'll be hard pressed to find them!