At the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) cybersecurity director, Rob Joyce, said that AI tools, like ChatGPT, will empower hackers. Joyce warns that email inboxes will be a little bit trickier to navigate. He agrees with other experts that the tool won’t necessarily be used to automate constant attacks, but Joyce said that it can optimize workflows and make phishing schemes even harder to detect. Joyce said that hackers who use AI will be more effective and operate better.
We need AI tools in order to stay competitive, and the Intelligence Community (IC) and defense industry supports many AI projects. However, Joyce warns that the AI tools can also increase cyber risks, as the offensive attacks and disinformation campaigns become harder to spot.
Contract Opportunities to Watch: Lockheed Martin
The Commonwealth of Australia selected Lockheed Martin as the preferred bidder for Project JP9102, the Australian Defence Satellite Communications System.
The multi-billion dollar JP9102 project will provide the Australian Defence Force (ADF) with a sovereign military satellite communications (MILSATCOM) system defined by its extensibility, agility and resilience.
“We are proud to be selected as the preferred bidder to deliver this critical capability to the Australian Defence Force,” said Warren McDonald, Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin Australia and New Zealand. “This capability will provide the Australian Defence Force with robust connectivity and reliable information when and where they need it, and by extension, contribute further to the growth and development of Australia’s defence and space industries.”
Lockheed Martin will leverage its experience in space-based mission solutions and resilient satellite communications networks for its JP9102 offer.
“We are excited to work with the Australian Defence Force and Australian industry to develop a robust solution for JP9102,” said Robert Lightfoot, Executive Vice President for Lockheed Martin Space. “We are bringing to bear all of Lockheed Martin’s companywide capabilities as well as our commitment to supporting allied nations to provide an operationally proven system that meets mission needs in terms of coverage, capacity, resilience and extensibility of the constellation.”
McDonald added that a significant amount of the content for Lockheed Martin’s proposed JP9102 solution will be via Australian small and medium enterprises and that the company is committed to knowledge sharing and technology transfer.
Lockheed Martin has assembled a diverse team of Australian companies including Inovor Technologies, EM Solutions, AV-Comm, Linfox, Shoal Group, Ronson Gears, Calytrix Technologies, Conscia, Clearbox Systems, DXC and Blacktree Technology to deliver ground and control segments and beyond for JP9102.
Lockheed Martin has also partnered with the Victorian Government to establish Victoria as the engineering and technical hub for the company’s JP9102 solution, an investment that will create more than 200 advanced space industry jobs in the state.
As another example of the priority placed on workforce development, Lockheed Martin Australia recently launched a space-focused education program with STEM Punks, a STEM education initiative to educate, upskill and inspire Australia’s future workforce.
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