New Hampshire’s economy as a whole is affected by what happens across the country and around the world, but the defense industry, a major economic driver in southern New Hampshire, sees the effects of national decision making up close.
Like many industries, defense has seen plenty of change over the past five years. But because of the ongoing budget debates in Washington, there’s likely more change to come for the industry and for its workers.
On Monday, the Washington Post reported that Chinese hackers had gained access to the designs of more than two dozen US weapons systems, including combat ships, aircraft, and missile defense systems. Although China denied the claims in the Defense Department report cited by the post, that country’s government announced earlier today that they have plans to conduct China’s first “digital military” exercise next week. President Obama and the Pentagon have increasingly addressed concerns about government-backed Chinese hackers in recent months, and next week, the president is scheduled to discuss cyber security with China’s president.
Until about two weeks ago, active duty armed service members could count on $4,500 a year to help pay for college tuition. But with the military suspending the benefit because of sequestration, Southern New Hampshire University is trying to bridge that gap.
Computers are often associated with certain intangibles: data, communication, and storage space rank among them. At a recent hacker conference, a speaker presented his ability to tap into and display anything on the monitors of a public train system. Increasingly, computers are gaining an ability to control things in the real world. In anticipation of this threat, Ed Skoudis has created a real-life miniature training ground for tomorrow's cyber-warriors.
New Hampshire’s congressional delegation took part in a rally today protesting looming cuts to defense spending. The event took place in Nashua at BAE Systems, a defense contractor and one of New Hampshire’s largest employers.
Senator Kelly Ayotte told the crowd that across-the-board cuts, known as sequestration, could weaken the country’s military.
"We cannot create a national security crisis on top of our fiscal crisis," says Ayotte.
The United States and other nations, along with terrorist and criminal groups, are increasingly engaged in high-tech espionage and cyber attacks, often with an aim at destabilizing communications and other critical infrastructure. We discuss the nature of this growing threat and how it affects both government and the private sector.
Will Defense cuts hit home in New Hampshire? As a national conversation begins over military base closures, there’s a possibility that the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard could be on the list. Seven years ago, that was the case but a fierce fight helped save the Shipyard. We’ll look at how this federal process is starting up and how “at risk” Portsmouth may be this time around.