January 18, 2019

NASA Plans 3-D Printing of Habitats on Other Planets

3-D printing

NASA uses 3-D printing to repair tools in space and now wants to use the technology to build habitats on other planets. The US Army deploys its Rapid Fabrication via Additive Manufacturing on the Battlefield, with five printers to get broken equipment ready for battle quicker. The current, fourth deployment of the $250,000 facility, is in South Korea.

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Survey: US Needs a 400-Ship Navy

400-Ship Navy

A new study finds the US is woefully short of ships and even the current target goal of 355 ships is short of what the country needs. The study calls for a force of 400 ships.

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Navy Launches First UAS Squadron

UAS Squadron

The US Navy commissioned its first test squadron dedicated to unmanned air systems at Webster Outlying Field. The UAS trials squadron is known as Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (UX) 24.

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US Cyber Offensive to Protect Midterms from Russian Interference

cyber offensive

The US Cyber Command is targeting individual Russian operatives to deter the spreading disinformation to interfere in elections, telling them American operatives have identified them and are tracking their work.

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NATO Arctic Exercise Hits Cold War Levels

Arctic

NATO’s Trident Juncture opens this week, a month of NATO military exercises in the Arctic, involving troops operating in the air, on land, and at sea. This year anticipates the biggest show of force since the Cold War with 50,000 troops in place around the Arctic Circle.

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Navy Carrier Aviation Back in Arctic Circle

Arctic Circle

The Harry S. Truman entered the Norwegian Sea last week, putting US Navy carrier aviation back to the Arctic Circle for the first time in almost 30 years.

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First Testing Phase on Carrier Complete

aircraft carrier

Two F-35B Lightning II aircraft from the F-35 Integrated Test Force have left the HMS Queen Elizabeth after completing a first phase of developmental testing.

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Drones Change the Battlefield & Bases

drones

Drones are already changing the battlefield and impacting US strategy. Increased robotic controls of drones will likely also reduce the human footprint of counterinsurgency as the technology advances.

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Most F-35s Return to Flight

F-35

Most F-35s return to flight operations after fuel tubes were inspected. About 20 percent are still awaiting replacement tubes.

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Drones Join List of Top Security Threats

Drones Join List of Top Security Threats

The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI said drones are one of the greatest national security threats to America, rating them as severe a concern as cybersecurity hacks, critical infrastructure attacks, and terrorism.

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