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AUKUS Maneuvers Test Warfare Capabilities of Uncrewed Undersea Vessels

The AUKUS alliance of Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States has tested the warfare capabilities of their new uncrewed underwater vessels and related equipment and personnel. According to a news release from the Department of Defense, the naval maneuvers included the launch of the new Australian Defence Vessel Guidance, which featured a range...

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PNNL Official: Cyprus Security Center’s Benefits Extend Beyond Cypriot Borders

The Cyprus Center for Land Open Seas and Port Security, CYCLOPS for short, contributes not only to securing the host country but also its neighbors and beyond, a Pacific Northwest National Laboratory official said.  In a feature article on PNNL’s footprint on world security posted on the lab’s website, James Spracklen, principal advisor at PNNL’s...

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Task Force Adds Bulgaria, Removes Four Nations in International Financial Crime List

The Financial Action Task Force has made changes to its list of jurisdictions under increased monitoring.  Following its plenary meeting in October, the task force added Bulgaria and removed Albania, Jordan, Panama and the Cayman Islands from its list of countries with deficiencies in their anti-money laundering, countering the financing of terrorism and countering the financing...

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Report: Financially Motivated Cyberattacks in New Zealand Reach Historic Peak

The number of financially motivated cyber incidents across New Zealand has reached a new historic peak.  The National Cyber Security Centre recently published its annual Cyber Threat Report, which found that cyber activities conducted with the intent to steal or extort payment accounted for 28 percent of incidents. For the first time, financially motivated attacks surpassed...

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New Cybersecurity Center Looks to Defend Ukraine’s Energy Infrastructure

The Ukrainian National Center for Cybersecurity Coordination and energy security developer IP3 are collaborating under the Collective Defense AI Fusion Center, a unified platform for Ukraine and its allies to ward off cyberattacks, particularly on energy installations. Supported by the Ukraine Energy Security Fund, CDAIC is an offshoot of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s decree No. 695...

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US Expands Military Supply Security Agreements to Include Estonia

The United States has signed a Security of Supply Arrangement with Estonia, enabling quick industrial acquisitions for both countries to meet urgent defense needs, the Department of Defense announced Friday.  Estonia is the 14th country that partnered with the United States under the bilateral, non-binding agreement, which is also designed to solve unforeseen defense capability...

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US, Singapore Start Tech Dialogue to Bolster Scientific, Research Collaboration

The United States and Singapore have launched a critical and emerging technology dialogue to advance their collaborative efforts on scientific innovations. According to a joint statement on the White House website, the two parties will exchange knowledge and information through the forum to bolster their research partnerships, which involve active participation from the government, industry...

CFIUS Urged to Forge Partnerships to Protect Private Data, National Security
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CFIUS Urged to Forge Partnerships to Protect Private Data, National Security

Nathan Fisher, managing director at StoneTurn, has emphasized the need for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States to strike a balance between enabling economic growth and protecting national security interests, particularly with regard to sensitive data. In an opinion piece published in the Global Banking & Finance Review website, he suggests that this...

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Westinghouse, Bechtel Sign Contract to Support Nuclear Power Plant Development in Poland

American companies Westinghouse Electric and Bechtel have signed a design and engineering contract with Polish utility Polskie Elektrownie Jadrowe to support the construction of Poland’s first nuclear power plant. For 18 months, the three companies will work together to finalize the design of three Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear islands based on the Generation III+ nuclear reactor....

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UK Reviewing Additional Actions Against China After Spy Arrests

The United Kingdom is considering increasing background checks on individuals working for the Chinese government and could add China to a new registration scheme that aims to crack down on foreign political influence activities, Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden said in a statement. The official’s remarks were in response to reports that the Metropolitan Police...

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