November 27, 2021

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Thursday, November 25, 2021

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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Newtowne Players’ ‘Yuletide Yuk-Fest’ -

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

DoD Tests Cheap Drone Busters

After soliciting whitepapers in May, the Joint Counter-Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Office and the Army’s Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office chose five solutions to go up against threat targets at Yuma Proving Ground. The five drone busters are Northrop Grumman’s XM1211 30mm Proximity Round, the Smash Hopper from Smart Shooter, Flex Force’s Agile Small Deflection Precision Stabilized Weapon System, IXI’s DroneKiller, and the DroneGun MKIII from Drone Shield.

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Remote Work Brings Cyberattacks

An industry study found 74% of organizations attribute recent business-impacting cyberattacks to remote work tech vulnerabilities and that remote and hybrid work models are eroding businesses’ security perimeters.

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Navy Gets First Block III Super Hornets

Super Hornets

Boeing delivered the first two Block III F/A-18 Super Hornets to the US Navy this month. The first of 78 new Super Hornets was ferried to Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 at Naval Air Station Pax River for continued developmental testing.

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House OKs Its Version of Defense Budget

Defense Budget

The US House has approved its version of the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act, and also gave the OK to open an independent investigation of US failures in Afghanistan, require women to register for the draft, and change how the military prosecutes sex assault.

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Navy Cutting 500 Mid-Atlantic Civilians

Navy budget cuts from Maine to Virginia include 300 civilians from Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Mid-Atlantic and 200 Navy Region Mid-Atlantic civilians, most from family services and Morale Welfare and Recreation.

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Contractors Unsure of Vaccine Mandate

Vaccine

The new federal vaccine requirement has fueled questions from defense contractors about how the mandate will work and whether they could lose employees as a result.

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Space Is Being Littered With Orbital Debris

satellite - artist impression

DeAnna Burt, vice commander of Space Force Space Operations Command, says there needs to be a way to clean up “space junk.” Speaking at the Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies Conference, she said, “We need to pick up debris — we need trash trucks. We need things to go make debris go away.” NASA says that more than 27,000 pieces of orbital debris are being tracked by DoD.

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Global Posture Review Will Determine if US Forces Are Where They Should Be

Review

The Defense Department’s global posture review, which will determine if the US has the right amount of troops in the right places, is nearing completion. Also expected shortly is an update of the National Defense Strategy. As many of the world’s seas are increasingly seeing more activity, the US Navy is anxious for more guidance.

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Contractors Uneasy With DoD Cybersecurity Program

After months of silence, defense industry associations called upon the DoD to provide more transparency on the status of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, this week’s the Pentagon said defense contractors are to continue implementation of the program, although pending results from its internal review could bring significant changes.

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Hypersonic Weapons Worry Congress

Concerned with a gap in the military’s ability to detect low-flying hypersonic weapons, lawmakers want the Pentagon to deliver a progress report by the end of November on its efforts to use radar to detect the weapons that can travel in excess of five times the speed of sound, covering vast distances in minutes.

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