Laser weapons have dominated futuristic weaponry in science fiction for decades, whilst the military has used lasers as range finders and to designate targets for guided weapons since the Vietnam War. Due to ongoing improvements in optics, power generation and control systems, the use of lasers to generate lethal effects is becoming a reality
Wikileaks' recent foray back into the headlines has exposed an organisation that is driven more by a dangerous determination to monopolise the public debate, rather than a genuine interest to inform it.
A new eavesdropping attack on Iranian GMail users suggests that the Islamic Republic is stepping up its digital offensive against dissidents. But Iran is not unique - it is just ahead of the curve. There is no simple response for Western governments.
Like the internet, the space domain underpins many essential services to everyday life and is an critical part of the international infrastructure. Its security is threatened by uncoordinated space activity by countries in competition with each other.
The government's latest counter-terrorism strategy once again places an importance on the interoperability of the police and other agencies to respond to emergencies such as terrorist attacks. Yet, without placing a proper framework, and with constrained finances, it will be difficulty to see how interoperability will be achieved.