venerdì, Marzo 1, 2024

L’ALTRA GUERRA (CYBER)

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La Russia, nel quadro della guerra in Ucraina, è colpita da pesanti attacchi cyber. Una guerra nella guerra, sostanziale per indebolire Mosca. Ne scrive Patrick Tucker per Defense One

 

AROUND THE WORLD

Africa

Algeria – Morocco

  • Algeria says Morocco attacked truck convoys in border area, April 13. By Reuters. Algeria condemned on Tuesday what it called an attack by Morocco against a convoy of trucks in the border area between Mauritania and the disputed territory of Western Sahara, saying it will jeopardize United Nations attempts to ease regional tensions. (read more)

Australia – Solomon Islands

  • Australia official in Solomon Islands amid China worries, April 13. By Al Jazeera. An Australian government minister has arrived in the Solomon Islands for talks amid concern about a proposed security agreement between the Pacific islands nation and China. Minister for International Development and the Pacific Zed Seselja landed in Honiara for two days of meetings with the support of Australia’s main opposition Labor Party. (read more)

Bulgaria

Colombia

Cyprus

Hong Kong

  • John Lee’s bid for Hong Kong leader signals Beijing’s ‘hard line’, April 13. By  John Lee, who spent decades in the police before joining the political administration and was a key player in Hong Kong’s democracy crackdown, is set to be appointed the city’s top leader following a rubber-stamp election next month. Lee formally submitted his bid on Wednesday after securing enough nominations and is the only candidate in the running for chief executive, the highest-ranking local leadership position in the Chinese territory. (read more)

Iran

Lebanon

Mali

Thailand

UK 

  • Cerberus, Assystem to design STEP shielding : New Nuclear, April 12. By World Nuclear News. Cerberus Nuclear and Assystem have been selected to deliver the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) reactor in-board shield design as part of the STEP Engineering Framework. STEP will be the UK’s prototype fusion energy power plant. (read more)

USA

  • The US should treat climate policy as economic policy, April 12. By Jonas Nahm and Johannes Urpelainen, Brookings. The United States and China jointly account for more than 40 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, putting these two nations at the center of efforts to address the climate crisis. Yet cooperation on climate policy between Washington and Beijing has stalled in recent years, reflecting a broader deterioration in the U.S.-China relationship. After decades of increasing dependence on imports from China, the pandemic highlighted the vulnerability of global supply chains to external shocks and strengthened calls for national self-sufficiency both in China and the United States. (read more)
  • BWXT provides update on microreactor progress : New Nuclear, April 12. By World Nuclear News. BWXT subsidiary BWXT Advanced Technologies (BWXT AT) has finalised its formal cost-sharing contracting with the US Department of Energy (DOE) for its BANR (BWXT Advanced Nuclear Reactor) transportable microreactor and is on track to deliver the first round of the reactor’s TRISO fuel for testing at Idaho National Laboratory’s (INL) Advanced Test Reactor in 2024 as scheduled. (read more)

USA – Taiwan

  • Ensuring a stronger US-Taiwan tech supply chain partnership, April 13. By Jason Hsu, Brookings. In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the world has become even more ideologically polarized. As the war and Russian atrocities continue, the United States and its allies are targeting Moscow by imposing a series of sanctions on finance, technology, and trade. While there are concerns that such sanctions could strain global supply chains, it is imperative that actions be taken to uphold democracy and the international rules-based order. (read more)

Zambia

RUSSIA – UKRAINE (impact, reaction, consequences)

  • Pentagon leaders to meet Wednesday with top defense contractors about Ukraine, April 13. By Joe Gould, Defense News. Top U.S. defense officials will meet with the chief executives of the eight largest U.S. defense contractors to discuss industry’s capacity to meet Ukraine’s weapons needs if the war with Russia continues for years. Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks told reporters Tuesday she plans to participate in a classified roundtable with defense CEOs on Wednesday to discuss “what can we do to help them, what do they need to generate supply.”. (read more)
  • Pentagon working with Congress on additional Ukraine funding, April 12. By The Defense Department’s No. 2 civilian official said Tuesday the Biden administration plans to ask Congress for money to pay for U.S. troop deployments in Eastern Europe — on the same day Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., floated the possibility of additional Ukraine funding. Asked about the potential for additional funding to respond to the crisis, Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks said the Pentagon is working with Congress to backfill the cost of U.S. forces surged to Eastern Europe. Those forces were not included in the FY23 budget request, she said. (read more)
  • Update 50 – IAEA Director General Statement on Situation in Ukraine, April 12. By IAEA. Ukraine informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today that there had been no significant new developments related to nuclear safety and security over the past 24 hours, Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said. (read more)
  • Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, April 12. By Frederick W. Kagan, Kateryna Stepanenko, Karolina Hird, and George Barros, ISW. Russia continued offensive operations in eastern Ukraine on a limited basis as it worked to reconstitute forces withdrawn from the Battle of Kyiv and to establish necessary logistical bases for increased offensive operations in the Donbas area. Russian forces withdrawn from the Kyiv region have not yet been reintroduced into Ukraine to fight. The Russian military has continued to conduct small-scale limited offensive operations on the Izyum and Severodonetsk axes and has not yet gone over to a better-resourced or broader offensive campaign. The Battle of Mariupol continues even as Ukrainian officials accuse Russia of using chemical weapons on Mariupol’s defenders. (read more)
  • ‘Accomplice’ No More? How the War in Ukraine Stokes Anxieties in Belarus, April 12. By Grigory Ioffe, The Jamestown Foundation. Both directly and indirectly, Russia’s ongoing “special military operation” in Ukraine (launched by the Kremlin on February 24) triggers anxieties across the border in Belarus. (read more)
  • Russia Involving Transnistria in Ukrainian War, Raising Stakes for All Parties, April 12. By Paul Globe, The Jamestown Foundation. Transnistria, the breakaway Slavic-majority region in Moldova, usually attracts attention only when Moscow seeks to use to limit Moldovan moves toward unification with Romania or membership in European institutions.  (read more)
  • In Southern Ukraine, Russian Occupation Policy Takes Shape (Part Two), April 12. By Vladimir Socor, The Jamestown Foundation. Russia’s 2022 re-invasion of Ukraine resulted, by mid-March, in the capture of Ukraine’s entire Kherson province, a considerable part of the Zaporyzhzhia province, and the littoral portion of the Donetsk province. Russia has decided to separate this latter portion from Ukraine and attach it to the pseudo-independent “Donetsk People’s Republic” (DPR); but it has not yet decided what to do with the newly occupied territories in Ukraine’s Kherson and Zaporyzhzhia provinces (see Part One in EDM, April 7). (read more)
  • Will the United States Run Out of Javelins Before Russia Runs Out of Tanks?, April 12. By Mark F. Cancian, CSIS. The United States has supplied Ukraine with thousands of Javelins, the anti-tank missiles that have become the iconic weapon of the war, but the U.S. inventory is dwindling. The United States has probably given about one-third of its stock to Ukraine. Thus, the United States is approaching the point where it must reduce transfers to maintain sufficient stockpiles for its own war plans. Production of new missiles is slow, and it will take years to replenish stocks. (read more)
  • Ukraine war could increase shocks for developing countries, UN warns, April 12. By UN News. The fallout from the war in Ukraine could dramatically worsen the economic outlook for developing countries already grappling with debt financing related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN said in a report published on Tuesday.  (read more)
  • Ukraine conflict putting global trade recovery at risk: WTO, April 12. By UN News. The war in Ukraine has created immense human suffering but it is also putting the fragile recovery of global trade at risk, and the impact will be felt across the planet, the World Trade Organization (WTO) said on Tuesday. (read more)

TECH – DEFENSE – MILITARY – SECURITY – CYBER – SPACE

  • Authorities shut down dark web marketplace RaidForums, April 12. By Pierluigi Paganini, Security Affairs. The illegal dark web marketplace RaidForums has been shut down and its infrastructure seized as a result of the international law enforcement Operation TOURNIQUET coordinated by Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre. (read more)
  • IARPA previews busy research season, April 12. By Lauren C. Williams, Nextgov. The intelligence community is preparing for a busy research year with up to a dozen new projects, many of which lean on artificial intelligence and a special tailor-made quantum offering for the National Security Agency.  Catherine Marsh, the director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, previewed a range of the agency’s research offerings that are expected to take shape this year during a keynote address at the Intelligence National Security Alliance’s Spring Symposium April 11.  (read more)
  • DIA Warns China’s Space Tech Seeks to Block U.S. Radars, Jam Munitions, April 12. By Tara Copp, Defense One. China has become increasingly reliant on space to prevail in a major conflict with the United States and is aggressively launching, acquiring, and obtaining through espionage the counter-space capabilities necessary to do so, according to a new Defense Intelligence Agency space security report released Tuesday. (read more)

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