Sharon Weinberger is a national security reporter with a focus on science and technology issues.
Most recently, she was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., where she was working on a history of the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). She has been a Knight Science Fellow at MIT, an International Report Project Fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, a Carnegie Fellow at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, and an Alicia Patterson Fellow. Her writing on military science and technology has appeared regularly in Nature, BBC, Discover, Slate, Wired, and the Washington Post among other publications. She is the author of Imaginary Weapons: A Journey Through the Pentagon’s Scientific Underworld (Nation Books, 2006) and a forthcoming history of DARPA (Knopf).
Facing Growing Encryption, Law Enforcement Recommends More Informants
A document created by an intelligence fusion center with the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis appears to serve as a primer for law enforcement on encryption, noting that increasing “public awareness of government surveillance has contributed to the rising consumer demand for covert messaging apps.”
Over 16,000 Alleged Terrorists Believed Dead, Yet Many Remain Watchlisted
As of last July, over 3,500 suspected terrorists included in the U.S. government’s central terror database were “confirmed dead” and another 13,000 were “reportedly dead,” yet many of their names continued to be actively monitored in databases like the no-fly list.
The Pentagon’s Half-Billion-Dollar Drone Boondoggle
Rivalry between the Army and Air Force over Predator drones may have cost the Pentagon over $500 million in wasteful spending, according to a report released under the Freedom of Information Act.
Alaska Military Site That Has Fueled Conspiracy Theories Will Be Transferred to Civilian Operators
It’s been called a death beam and a secret tool to control the weather. Now, the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, known as HAARP, will be transferred to civilian control.