Radar Sweep

DOD IG: Officials Failed to Identify Security Risks When Authorizing Cloud Services


Department of Defense officials who authorized the use of commercial cloud services across components of the agency did not review all required documentation needed to determine potential security concerns, leaving DOD’s armed forces unaware of vulnerabilities and cybersecurity risks across their systems, according to an audit publicly released by the agency’s Office of Inspector General on Feb. 16.

China and Japan Meet for Formal Security Talks to Stabilize Tensions

The Guardian

Chinese and Japanese officials met in Tokyo on Feb. 22 for formal security talks for the first time in four years, in a meeting aimed at stabilizing increasingly strained relations. In Japan’s national security strategy, released in December, China was described as “the greatest strategic challenge” to Japan’s peace and security.

UN Approves Resolution Calling for Russia to Leave Ukraine

Associated Press

The U.N. General Assembly approved a nonbinding resolution Feb. 23 that calls for Russia to end hostilities in Ukraine and withdraw its forces, sending a strong message on the eve of the first anniversary of the invasion that Moscow’s aggression must stop.

OPINION: The Chinese Balloon Was a Necessary Wake-Up Call

Foreign Affairs

Despite widespread expressions of concern, some warranted and some hyperbolic, the Chinese surveillance balloon spotted over Montana (and tracked across the country before a fighter jet shot it down over the Atlantic) did not represent a crisis. In fact, it was a gift from Beijing: a necessary wake-up call about the shortcomings in the United States’ national defense.