May 25, 2019

Navy & Partners Under ‘Dire’ Cyber Attacks

cyber attacks

National security secrets are spilling out from the Navy and its industry and academic partners from ongoing cyber attacks from Chinese and other hackers. An internal Navy review uncovered what officials call a “cyber siege” and equivalent to a deadly virus.

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US Says 737-Max8 Safe to Fly; UK Says Not There

Boeing 737-Max8

FAA says the Boeing 737-Max8 is safe to fly despite two crashes of the model in the past five months. The CAA in the UK, however, has taken the opposite tack and has prohibited operation of any 737-Max8 commercial flights into or out of UK airports or in the UK airspace.

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Spacewalk This Month Will Make History

The first-ever, all-female spacewalk will take place later this month. Astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch will exit the International Space Station on March 29. On a local note: McClain is a graduate of the US Test Pilot School at NAS Patuxent River.

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Navy’s F-35C Passes Major Milestone

Major Milestone

The F-35C, the variant used by the US Navy passed a major milestone last week, when it achieved Initial Operational Capability, becoming the final variant of the jet to pass the requirements.

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Carriers Need Lethal UAV and More to Stay Relevant

carriers

Newly released study by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments finds US carriers need new lethal unmanned aircraft and a new fighter to stay relevant.

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Congress Hears Testimony on Military Base Water Contamination

clean water

Congress hears testimony today from DoD’s deputy assistant secretary of defense for environment about water contamination on military bases. Also testifying is a former Army reservist with at least 16 relatives near Colorado Springs’ Air Force and Army installations diagnosed with cancer.

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Space Force Calls for $2B in New Funding

The Pentagon’s latest legislative proposal for the new Space Force military service calls for $2 billion in new funding over a five-year period, during which about 15,000 space-related personnel will transfer from existing roles.

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Pentagon to Retire USS Truman Two Decades Early

2nd Fleet

The Pentagon wants to retire the Nimitz-class carrier USS Harry Truman two decades early, which would cut the US aircraft carrier fleet from 11 to 10.

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General: Consider Russia, China ‘Very Real’ Threats

Air Force Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy told a Senate committee that he sees no military threat coming from the southern border with Mexico, but his focus is on “very real” threats from China and Russia.

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Navy Unveils Flame-Resistant Uniforms

Navy officials are celebrating what they hope is the latest line of practical, comfortable, and flame-retardant shipboard clothing.

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