March 20, 2019

Integrity of US Electoral Systems Put to the Test?

DoD sent cyber personnel to work with the Department of Homeland Security ahead of today’s voting in an effort to prevent or respond to election hacking attempts. Some experts remain concerned about the risk of foreign interference, vote hacking and fraud.

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Wrecked Plane Thought to Be 1940-50s Navy Aircraft

An Eastern Shore TV station news helicopter discovered what appears to be a crashed plane in the waters of Wroten Island in Dorchester County. The wreck site is surrounded by trees and marsh, so the only visibility is from above. A Navy underwater archaeologist believes the aircraft is from the 1940s or ’50s. It has NATC on the tail portion, according to the report.

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10 Chinese Spies Charged With Theft

chinese spies

The Justice Department charged 10 Chinese spies, hackers and others of conspiring to steal sensitive commercial airline and other secrets from US and European companies.

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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

carriers

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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