January 20, 2021

Art & Lifestyle:

Wind Turbines OK’d Offshore in Ocean City

Wind Turbines

Skipjack Offshore Energy received approval from the Maryland Public Service Commission for the company’s plan to erect wind turbines off the coast of Ocean City. The turbines will be more than 800 feet tall, more than 200 feet taller than the original plan. The taller turbines will mean that fewer would be installed.

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Heron Systems the Big Dog in Aerial Dogfight Competition

Aerial Dogfight

An AI system developed by Heron Systems in St. Mary’s County beat one of the US Air Force’s top F-16 fighter pilots in DARPA’s simulated aerial dogfight competition. “Team Heron took out the real human Air Force F-16 Pilot 5-0 without taking any damage at all! Huge accomplishment for the team! What a day!”

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US Drones Collide and Crash in Syria

drones collide

Two US drones collided and crashed over Idlib, Syria Tuesday. It is yet unknown if they were shot at afterward and whether that is what caused the crash. Images of burning aircraft crashing to the ground were posted on social media.

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100 Top Defense Firms, More Globalized Supply Chain

top defense

The list of the100 top defense firms around the globe as ranked by FY19 performance looks much like it usually does. But some big changes aren’t yet captured in the rankings. Another report finds the number of foreign companies within the US defense supply chain grew over past decade, complicating efforts to reduce security risks.

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The New Fat Albert’s Path to Blue Angels

Fat Albert Blue Angels

A year-long effort brings a new Fat Albert C-130 J Super Hercules to the US Navy’s Blue Angels flight demonstration team.

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Pentagon Task Force to Study UFO Reports

UFO

A new Pentagon task force will investigate reports of unidentified flying objects from service members.

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WWII Warbirds Arrive at Pearl Harbor

Warbirds

Watch the video of 14 World War II-vintage warplanes arriving at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, two weeks before the warbirds will take to the sky for a series of aerial parades over Oahu to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.

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DoD Clears 5G for Commercial Use

5G

The Pentagon has cleared 100 megahertz (MHz) of contiguous mid-band spectrum to be used for commercial 5G, determining the military can share that bandwidth while minimizing impact on military radars.

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Bill Would Create Medal of Honor Monument

Medal of Honor

A bipartisan bill in the US Senate — the National Medal of Honor Monument Act — would create a monument to honor the more than 3,500 medal recipients who have performed extraordinary valor in combat.

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LFTE Exercise: Here’s to Your Stealth

Stealth

The US military is considered the world’s premier fighting force, and testing exercises play an important role in sustaining military readiness. A variety of stealthy aircraft participated in a recent exercise Large Force Test Event in Nevada.

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