April 21, 2021

Art & Lifestyle:

Tech Bridge Lecture Set for April 22 -

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Entries Sought for DNR Photo Contest -

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Free Document Shredding on April 24 -

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Still Time to Register for NAWCAD Industry Day -

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Syrian Airstrikes 1st Biden Military Action

Airstrikes Biden

President Joe Biden took his first military action when two US Air Force F-15E aircraft launched seven precision guided munitions Friday that struck a site in Syria used by two Iranian-backed militia groups. The airstrikes were in response to rocket attacks on American forces in the region in the past two weeks. The deadly airstrikes drew criticism from some Democrats in Congress, while key Republicans applauded the move.

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DoD Appointments Slow Going

Only three of the 61 DoD presidential appointments requiring Senate confirmation jobs have been put forth. and the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee has “serious concerns” over Biden’s nomination of Colin Kahl, President Joe Biden’s pick to run the Pentagon’s policy shop.

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Navy to Require Oath to US Reaffirmed

constitution

“Revisit the oath that you took,” DefSec Lloyd Austin tells service members. All services must complete the stand-downs before April 2 to address extremism. The Navy will require its sailors to reaffirm their oaths to the Constitution.

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Turkey Lobbies for Return to F-35 JSF Program

F-35

The Turkish government has hired a Washington, DC, law firm to lobby its case to be readmitted to the US F-35 JSF program. Turkey was booted from the program in 2019 after purchasing air missile defense systems from Russia.

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Biden to the World: ‘America Is Back’

'America Is Back'

President Joe Biden, speaking to the virtual Munich Security Conference, reassured world leaders of America’s commitment to its European allies. “America is back, the transatlantic alliance is back, and we are not looking backward. We are looking forward together,” Biden said. The president also reversed several foreign policy moves by the Trump administration.

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Cotton: Send Nat’l Guard Home

Cotton

Sen. Tom Cotton responds to an internal memo indicating National Guard troops could be on the ground in Washington, DC, until fall 2021.

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STEM Education Deficit Threatens US

CSM STEM

The Pentagon’s highly respected annual report on the US defense and manufacturing industrial base targets a STEM education deficit threatening to weaken the nation’s competitive advantage in everything cutting edge.

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Bill Aims to Cut DoD Workforce by 15%

DoD

A California representative has reintroduced the Rebalance for an Effective Defense Uniform and Civilian Employees Act. This legislation would require DoD to cut its civilian workforce by 15% by 2025, a move that could result in the elimination of over 100,000 federal jobs.

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Morning Coffee Is Off the Burner

Morning Coffee is off the burner today, Monday, February 15, to celebrate Presidents Day. We’ll be back Tuesday, February 16, 2021.

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US Failing to Fix Cyber Breach

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A “disjointed” federal response to the biggest known hack in American history prompts demands from Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) ― the chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee ― for a leader to address the breach.

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