U.S. Army Bans DJI Drones

An August 2 memo cites ‘increased awareness of cyber vulnerabilities’ with drones from China’s market-leading DJI. The U.S. Army has ordered troops to stop using consumer drones made by Chinese manufacturer DJI, according to an Aug. 2 memo seen by Defense One and confirmed by two Army officials. “Cease all use, uninstall all DJI applications, remove all batteries/storage media from devices, and secure equipment for follow on direction,” reads the memo from Lt. Gen. Joseph H. Anderson, the Army’s deputy chief of staff for plans and operations. Why? The memo cited “increased awareness of cyber vulnerabilities associated with DJI products.” Service officials declined to elaborate.

X-Band RADAR Blimps Over Washington DC Tracks Aircraft, Cars, and Boats

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Maryland – After a protracted development program, The U.S. Army is planning to finally deploy by year’s end the first of its new airships designed to aid in air and missile threat detection for the Northeastern U.S. The deployment is highlighting what some in the nation’s defense establishment say is a vulnerability in U.S. homeland protection: the ability to detect a cruise missile targeting a U.S. city.

US Army Developing ‘Pocket-Sized’ Video Surveillance Drone

Miniature surveillance helicopters help protect frontline troops. The US Army has developed a "pocket-sized aerial surveillance device" for combat troops operating in "challenging ground environments." Researchers at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center in Massachusetts are working on the "The Cargo Pocket Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance program," or CP-ISR, to develop a mobile […]

FAA Approves First Unmanned Quadrotor Already Used By U.S. Military

The Instant Eye small unmanned aerial system received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to be used by an energy company, which will conduct research, development, and training to see if the system is practical for inspecting infrastructure such as pipelines, power lines, and insulators on towers. It is the first unmanned quadrotor to […]

1.8 Gigapixel ARGUS Is World’s Highest Resolution Video Surveillance Platform By DARPA

Video: duration is 4 mins 40 secs. Author: Weed Worxs Welcome to the new world where everything you do will be on surveillance. As the public worries about invasion of privacy issues from small remote controlled aircraft, here’s a real drone —you’ll never see— with a much better view of everything you do. This is […]

Fort Jackson Adds Automatic License Plate Recognition Cameras From NDI-RS

Longwood, FL (PRWEB) December 02, 2013 Fort Jackson, a U.S. Army installation in South Carolina, has added two fixed automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) cameras from NDI Recognition Systems (NDI-RS) to its existing ALPR deployments. Fort Jackson is the largest U.S. Army training center, training more than 50,000 soldiers each year. Fort Jackson uses ALPR cameras from NDI-RS to monitor vehicles on the base, which covers more than 52,000 acres. By using cameras from NDI-RS, Fort Jackson is able to take advantage of ALPR servers provided by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), which maintains a statewide license plate database for all law enforcement agencies in South Carolina, using software from NDI-RS. This allows South Carolina agencies to implement ALPR from NDI-RS very efficiently and cost-effectively, since there is no cost for back-end servers or user licenses, and no extended implementation period. “By leveraging NDI Recognition System’s relationship with SLED, South Carolina law enforcement agencies and other critical installations like Fort Jackson can quickly implement our ALPR solutions,” said Christopher McKissick, Director of Sales. “Using the NDI-RS back office maintained by SLED, agencies get real-time data from the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), and SLED itself. This enhances security and improves safety for the Fort Jackson training center.” About NDI Recognition Systems: NDI Recognition Systems (NDI-RS) is a global provider of automated license plate recognition (ALPR) solutions for law enforcement, homeland security, and critical infrastructure security, as well as other market […]

China’s Big Drone Push

The state-run China Daily   says this is a big deal , declaring that China has “again narrowed the air-power disparity between itself and Western nations.” Others are skeptical. Chinese military bloggers note that, based on the photos, the  huge engine compromises its stealth , possibly because the Chinese Air Force has  struggled to develop its own engines . Some suspect that the Lijian is a reverse-engineered version of Russia’s Mikoyan Skat drone, equipped with a  Russian-made turbofan engine . Gerry Doyle at Sinosphere concludes that “the stealth features that would make a drone like this a potential balance-shifter  remain unproven in this design .” More From Quartz But though it might not be a game-changer, the Lijian is another landmark in China’s development of drone technology—part of a larger military buildup that the Pentagon worries could prove “ potentially destabilizing ” in the Pacific, as The New York Times reported last year. How might the Lijian “destabilize” things in the Pacific? Du Wenlong, a military expert, told Chinese reporters that the  Lijian’s combat radius is sufficient  to patrol the disputed waters around the Diaoyu/Senkaku islands, which both China and Japan claim. It can also provide high-resolution video of activity in the disputed territory, a former People’s Liberation Army major general told T he South China Morning Post . Used for video surveillance, the Lijian would  escalate tension  over the islands, as Rory Medcalf, a security expert at Sydney’s Lowey Institute, says. “So, the Chinese have kind of put Japan […]

Washington Naval Yard Shooting – Case Analysis – Utica College

On 16 September 2013, Aaron Alexis conducted a mass shooting in Building 197 at the Washington Navy Yard. He was a lone shooter killed by police after killing 12 and injuring 8. There were former instances of misconduct and mental issues. These are not considered in issuance of Common Access Card (CAC) or clearance. There were poor installation access control and building security procedures seen as contributing factors. The Attack and Defense Scenarios analyze two main issues. Issue 1: • Could the attack have been substantially more lethal if the shooter had pre-planned and preositioned additional key attack elements thereby increasing the efficiency of the attack? • Could the attack be a diversionary tactic to draw attention away from the true reason, data breach of classified information? Issue 2: • Could the risk of an attack been reduced through a layered defense implementation of X-ray machine/metal detector suites, more security cameras with facial recognition capabilities, and increased access controls (biometrics or improved identification badging)? Analysis of the issues result in the following risk assessment values: • Initial Risk Assessment (Baseline) = 18% • Attack Boost (Worst Case) = 12% increase • Defense Boost (Best Case) = 14% decrease • After applying the Ryan-Nichols Equation the NET value  requires $2.28Million dollars to mitigate the risk of the attack • Implementation of multilayered defense with enhanced access control systems and procedures are recommended Read the rest in the downloadable PowerPoint show file here:

Arms Industry Shows Off Next-Gen Drones In London Expo

Reconnaissance gadgets and robotic warfare devices are getting smaller by the year, with James Bond like technology being offered to a wide range of buyers, from police forces to special military units. The market place for such technology has become Defence Security and Equipment International (DSEi) exhibition held at ExCel London. The international exhibition has established itself as the leading platform to view and purchase state of the art equipment from the world’s defense and security industry. Held from September 10-13, it showcased 1,391 exhibitors to almost 30,000 visitors from 121 countries. This year, the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) conference was also held as part of the DSEi and has focused on future capabilities, including civilian applications of drones as well as technological innovations. The UAS 2,000 m2 event became a one-stop store for anyone seeking to work with the Remotely Piloted Air Systems industry. The Unmanned Systems Showcase held number demonstrations of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Unmanned Ground Vehicles, as well as other gadgets that are to be deployed in various security environment and scenarios. “Technological advances, operational imperatives and budgetary constraints are driving ever greater reliance on UAVs in military operations. UAVs are increasingly being depended upon to deliver capabilities that formerly relied on manned platforms. As their strategic importance increases, the UAS industry must respond to deliver systems that are ever more cost effective, dependable and survivable,” one of the sponsors of the event, Cranfield University, said at the conference. As unmanned drones continue to […]

Navy Yard Shooting: US To Review Security At All Military Installations (+video)

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is planning to order a review of physical security and access to all US military installations worldwide, a senior Pentagon official said Tuesday, one day after a Navy reservist with a troubled history killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard . Skip to next paragraph Secretary Hagel spent much of the day on Tuesday collecting input from senior officials to define the parameters of the review, which could be formally announced as soon as Wednesday, according to the official. Word of the impending review follows news that a previously unreleased Department of Defense Inspector General (DOD IG) report detailed “critical flaws” in base security at Navy installations, including the practice of contracting out base guard duty to nongovernmental personnel. The DOD IG report, dated for release on Sept. 16, the date of the Navy Yard attack, cites instances in which “52 convicted felons received routine, unauthorized installation access, placing military personnel, dependents, civilians, and installations at an increased security risk.”  This was the result of efforts on the part of Navy officials “to reduce access control costs,” according to the inspector general report. The report leveled another critique as well ­– that the commander, Navy Installations Command was “non-responsive” regarding the recommendations of the Pentagon inspector general. These revelations about the DOD IG investigation in turn prompted calls for change. In the wake of the Navy Yard attacks, “I am highly concerned that the access control systems at our nation’s military installations have serious […]