January 19, 2021

Art & Lifestyle:

Morning Coffee Is Off the Burner

Morning Coffee is off the burner today, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We will be back percolating Tuesday, January 19.

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2nd DefSec Waiver Faces Struggle

Waiver DefSec

The principle of civilian control of the military is at stake, say an increasing number of Democrats opposed to a waiver that would allow President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for Secretary of Defense to move forward. The US DefSec must be separated seven years from the military. GEN Lloyd Austin retired four years ago. The same waiver was sought by President Trump and received for former DefSec James Mattis.

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Riot & Inauguration Put Pentagon in Crosshairs

Pentagon

Accusations of participation, culpability, hate mongering, and escalated threats of violence rain upon the US military as Congress, National Guard across the nation, and corporate America come to terms with the breaching of the US Capitol last week and protecting the inauguration of a new US president next week.

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Timeline on Vote for New DefSec Unclear

Timeline

The Senate Armed Services Committee is planning a confirmation hearing at 3 pm Jan. 19 for GEN Lloyd Austin, the Biden administration’s choice for secretary of defense. A timeline for any vote has not yet been established.

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1st Step Taken in Renaming Bases, Ships With Confederate Names

Confederate

The first members of the commission to rename at least 10 Army bases and possibly two Navy ships that honor the Confederacy have been appointed by acting DefSec Christopher Miller.

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US Finds Russia ‘Likely’ Behind Cyberhack

Cyber Threats

The entire US intelligence committee confirms the massive cyber-attack on the US ‘likely’ came from Russia. The FBI, CISA, ODNI, and NSA are working in concert to remediate the attacks.

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SolarWinds: Pearl Harbor of American IT

A SolarWinds investor has filed suit against the IT firm Russia exploited to infiltrate 18,000 US computer systems. The lawsuit accuses SolarWinds of failing to disclose the breach. The extent and full nature of the infiltration has not been established by ongoing investigations whose findings are increasingly worrisome to IT experts.

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F-35 Full-Rate Production Put on Hold

Production

DoD has put a hold on the full-rate production of the F-35. The Pentagon says technical challenges and the impact of COVID-19 have delayed preparation of the simulation facility where the combat testing will be conducted.

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DoD Photos Take a Look Back at 2020

DoD Photos

The Department of Defense regularly chronicles US military members who train and conduct operations around the world 24/7, 365 days a year. DoD offers a glimpse into their lives and their work through the work of military photographers in 2020.

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Morning Coffee Is Off the Burner

Morning Coffee is off the burner for the holidays. Please keep in your thoughts all those working to keep the world safe, especially during this time that seeks Peace on Earth. We will be percolating again Monday, Jan. 4, 2021.

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