January 16, 2021

Art & Lifestyle:

Biden Transition Team Decries Lack of DoD Cooperation

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President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team has criticized the Pentagon for the abrupt halt in meetings and information sharing. “A failure to work together can have consequences well beyond January,” a spokesman for the team said.

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Space Force Now ‘Guardians’ of the Galaxy

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The US Navy has its sailors, the Army has soldiers. There are Marines and airman. The US Space Force troops will be called “guardians.”

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DoD Unleashes Robotic Dogs

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The 325th Security Forces Squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida is the first US military unit to adopt the robotic quadrupeds for regular operations.

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DoD Likely Unchanged by Biden Administration

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Military observers see little spending or strategic changes at the Pentagon with a Biden White House and Republicans maintaining sway over the Senate.

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Govt. Agencies Could Be at Risk After Suspected Russian Hack

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All federal civilian executive branch agencies have been directed to search their networks for indications they were compromised after the US Commerce Department was hacked. The hackers entered US systems through updates by the software company that also provides services to the White House, the Pentagon, and NASA.

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COVID Vaccines Arriving at Hundreds of Locations

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GEN Gustave Perna, Operation Warp Speed COO, says the first round of COVID-19 vaccines should start arriving at sites across the nation as early as today, Dec. 13.

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NDAA May Prove Veto-Proof

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“We should override,″ GOP hawk Rep. Liz Cheney said of the president’s threat to veto the $740 billion defense authorization bill that passed the House with a 335-78 vote, sufficient to override a veto. President Trump objects to renaming bases honoring Confederate generals and demands repeal of liability protection for social media companies.

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Maverick Pilot Chuck Yeager Dies at 97

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The World War II fighter pilot ace and quintessential test pilot showed he had the “right stuff” in 1947, becoming the first person to fly faster than sound.

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US Arms Exports Total $175B in FY2020

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The US approved $175 billion in arms sales to foreign nations in fiscal 2020. That is a 2.8% increase over the prior fiscal year’s $170 billion in sales.

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Virtual Ceremony to Mark Pearl Harbor Remembrance

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The coronavirus pandemic will keep Pearl Harbor survivors from attending the 79th Commemorative Ceremony remembering those killed in the attack that launched the US into World War II. The ceremony today, Dec. 7, will be closed to the public, but will be live streamed starting at approximately 7:45 am.

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