June 5, 2020

Art & Lifestyle:

Supply Chain Problems Ahead for DoD

supply chain

DoD must brace for long-term supply chain problems associated with trade flow disruptions, such as container ships piling up unopened at US docks. The greatest impacts will be to DoD’s second-, third-, and fourth-tier suppliers who sell primarily to the civil and consumer markets.

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Can Robot Targets Pivot to Virus Warriors?

robot targets

A maker of realistically moving robot targets used in military training exercises is retrofitting some of his robots go on the offensive to kill coronavirus, scouring enclosures with ultraviolet light.

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DoD Paring Down F-35’s Technical Issues

F-35

The Defense Department is slowly whittling down the number of F-35 technical problems with the fighter jet program’s most serious issues decreasing from 13 to seven during the past year.

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Last of Block II Super Hornets Delivered

Super Hornets

The US Navy took delivery of the final Block II Super Hornet earlier this month, closing out a run of 322 one-seater F/A-18Es and 286 two-seater F/A-18Fs.

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Flying Cars Highlight Air Force Event

flying cars

Some 50 vendors of electric vertical take off and landing aircraft — including flying cars — will strut their stuff next week to potential buyers across the US military services and government at the Air Force’s April 27-May 1 Agility Prime program’s virtual event.

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Maryland Secures 500,000 COVID Tests

COVID-19 Tests

MD Gov. Larry Hogan and First Lady Yumi Hogan procured 5,000 COVID-19 testing kits, capable of administering 500,000 tests, from a South Korean company for $9 million.

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Pandemic Puts New Focus on Telework

Telework

Federal agencies and many companies are facing operational changes during the coronavirus pandemic. Employees are working at home in great numbers. Will these teleworking options be embraced when the health threat is over?

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Protestors Press Hogan on COVID-19 Restrictions

Hogan

ReOpen Maryland, a group organized to lobby Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to reopen businesses, educational, and religious institutions immediately, protested in Annapolis on Saturday. Some state lawmakers are also urging the governor to consider a regional approach to relaxing restrictions during the coronavirus threat.

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MD Needs Funds for COVID-19 Hotspots

COVIC-19 hotspots

The Trump administration last week designated the Baltimore-Washington corridor and 12 Maryland’s counties as emerging COVID-19 hotspots. Maryland lawmakers ask Health and Human Services secretary for additional CARES funds for hotspots and rural areas.

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Call to Replenish Paycheck Protection Program Expected

An anticipated deal between Mnuchin and Schumer plus a call from the SBA to immediate replenish the Paycheck Protection Program, suggests Congress will get an interim COVID-19 interim relief funding bill passed this week addressing small business, hospitals, and state governments.

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