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Countries implementing Satellite Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS) to reduce aviation accidents

Controlled Flight into Terrain (CFIT) is the #2 leading cause of General Aviation fatal accidents involving the loss of life. There have been over 9,000 deaths due to CFIT since the introduction of commercial jets.  Between 2000 and 2009 approximately 961 people died worldwide as a result of CFIT, the …

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Rising threat of Steganography used by terrorists for secret communication and Stegware cyber attacks

Wikipedia defines steganography as “the practice of concealing a file, message, image, or video within another file, message, image, or video.” It represents the “hidden writing” ie. the process of hiding secret messages inside some multimedia files (like photo, audio or video file), which usually contain unused or irrelevant data …

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3D printing could be next tool to be exploited by terrorists by printing guns, RAND calls it Disruptive threat

3D printing or additive manufacturing is ongoing revolution in manufacturing with its potential to fabricate any complex object and is being utilized from aerospace components to human organs, textiles, metals, buildings and even food. Additive manufacturing, is defined by ASTM International as the process of joining materials together, layer by …

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High profile Events have become preferred targets for Terrorists, comprehensive security demand proper security measures and new technologies

On 22 May 2017 a suicide bomber detonated an improvised explosive device, packed with nuts and bolts to act as shrapnel, in the foyer area of the Manchester Arena. The Manchester Arena bombing was an Islamist terror attack in Manchester, United Kingdom as people were leaving Manchester Arena following a …

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Vehicular Terrorism or ramming attacks require new technologies including directed energy weapons

Recently in Toronto a rental van was deliberately driven into a crowd of people, killing 10 and injuring 14. Police arrested and charged 25-year-old Alek Minassian in connection with the attack. Though this attack was later found to be caused by the driver’s psychiatric disorder. Deliberate vehicle-ramming incidents have also sometimes …

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DARPA’s COMPASS developing artificial intelligence based decision making software to help commanders in Hybrid Warfare

Hybrid Warfare (HW) is a military strategy that blends conventional warfare, irregular warfare, cyber warfare and subversion, and blurs the formal distinction between war and peace. It is often characterised by the use of fictitious propaganda, deniable forces, espionage, the mobilisation of ethnic, linguistic or confessional minorities, and terrorism.   …

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Smart guns and other technologies need urgent commercialization to avoid blood of innocent children

In Feb 2018, a horrific school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people . Nikolas Cruz, 19, told police he was responsible for the shooting and added that he hid extra ammunition in his backpack and shot students in the hallways and on school grounds, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel …

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Challenges in humanitarian aid and disaster relief (HADR) missions and Operations and Technology requirements

International reinsurer Munich RE has projected that worldwide losses due to 2017’s string of natural disasters will reach $330 billion, with only $135 billion of those costs insured. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria alone, which left behind $215 billion in damages, made 2017 the costliest hurricane season on record. This year’s …

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DARPA MAA program aims to predict the terrorist threat of using weapons of mass terror (WMTs) through modeling and computational methods

DARPA launched the program Modeling Adversarial Activity (MAA) program with a goal  to develop mathematical and computational techniques for modeling adversarial activity for the purpose of producing high-confidence indications and warnings of efforts to acquire, fabricate, proliferate, and/or deploy weapons of mass terror (WMTs).   MAA assumes that an adversary’s …

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Global Maritime Security Risks and Global Marine Technology Trends 2030

Recent years have seen multiple new security challenges emerge in the maritime arena. Navies, coast guards and other maritime security agencies face a proliferation of security challenges. These include: illegal fishing of territorial waters; incursion of mineral exploitation across legal boundaries; maritime terrorism; narcotics smuggling; pollution as a result of …

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