October 24, 2017

Reaper Drones Help Combat Wildfires

drones fighting wildfires

Remotely piloted Air Force drones were put to work to help combat the recent California wildfires. MQ-9 Reapers from the Air National Guard’s 163rd Attack Wing were put into service in Northern California.

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China Leads Cyber Strategy, N. Korea No Slacker

cyber strategy

China’s new cyber strategy law already contemplates the risks in the evolving future technologies, while the US has not developed a national strategy yet. It appears North Korea has, and its persistence is paying off for the rogue nation.

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Is F-35 ‘Ready to Go at 50 Below’?

'ready to go at 50 below'

Along with everything else, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has to operate in harsh weather conditions. A series of tests is slated for Eielson AFB in Alaska, with the motto, “Ready to Go at 50 Below!”

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US, South Korea Military Drills Underway

Military Drills MH-60S Seahawk

US/South Korea joint exercises begin this week. South Korean military officials expect another missile launch from North Korea as the military drills take place.

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NAS Pax River Is Draw for Tech Jobs

NerdWallet analyzed 381 metropolitan areas in the US with populations of more than 50,000 to identify the regions of the country that balance opportunity for tech workers with the cost of living. See where the California-Lexington Park area ranks on its list of the Best Places for Tech Jobs.

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McCain Leadership Removed for ‘Preventable’ Collision

McCain

The fatal collision of the USS John S. McCain was “preventable, the commanding officer exercised poor judgement, and the executive officer exercised poor leadership of the ship’s training program,” according to Navy findings.

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Message to Troops: Be Ready If Diplomacy Fails

Message to Troops: Be Ready If Diplomacy Fails

SecDef James Mattis tells troops their job is to “be ready” during North Korea diplomatic push. He urged members of the military to be ready if diplomacy breaks down.

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Pentagon Taking Aim at F-35 Cost

Pentagon Taking Aim at F-35 Cost

The Pentagon has taken over an effort to cut the cost of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter as it tries to make a program estimated to cost $400 billion more affordable.

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Valve Suspected in Hornets’ & Growlers’ Hypoxia

Hypoxia Hornet

Researchers studying hypoxia incidents say a valve has been identified and might be causing problematic cabin pressure changes in F/A-18E and F Super Hornets and E/A-18G Growlers during flight.

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Congress Wants Details of Afghan Strategy

Appearing in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee this week, DefSec James Mattis described the US’ Afghanistan strategy as “R4+S” — “regionalize, realign, reinforce, reconcile, and sustain.”

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