December 13, 2018

Navy Flight Instructors Offered New Career Path, Shoreside

Navy flight instructors

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Pilots and naval flight officers can remain in the Navy as flight instructors outside the normal sea/shore rotation, reports USNI, to address readiness and retention challenges facing naval aviation. The new billet would allow pilots and naval flight officers to remain in the Navy later in their careers.

Hours before Hurricane Michael hit the land, the National Weather Service Tallahassee issued its first-ever Extreme Wind Warning in anticipation of 130 mph winds, reported Popular Science. The storm formed within a day and a half before rapidly turning into a Category 4 hurricane. The Navy began securing aircraft Tuesday at the Naval Air Station Pensacola and Naval Air Station Whiting Field on the Florida Panhandle, reports USNI News.

The Navy’s aviation safety record, once public, is now locked behind a wall, reports The Atlantic, on the heels of a dramatic five-year spike in aviation accidents reported by Military Times.

America sold $55.6 billion in weapons abroad in FY18, reports Defense News. “A 33 percent increase over last year, and I’m very optimistic that this positive trajectory will continue,” said Lt. Gen. Charles Hooper, head of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

GAO September 2017 – October 2018 audit finds DoD weapons programs are vulnerable to cyberattacks, and the Pentagon is slow to protect systems increasingly reliant on computer networks and software, reports Fifth Domain.

Federal and state employees responsible for running government websites will soon have to use two-factor authentication to access their administrator accounts, reports The Washington Post, adding a layer of security to prevent intruders from taking over dot-gov domains. Two-factor verification works by requiring a user to input both a password and a special code generated by a device in the possession of an authorized user.

Veterans Affairs officials are declining to give members of Congress documents related to accusations that outside businessmen are unduly influencing department policy, citing legal ongoing disputes over the issue, reports Military Times.

Early trials are successful for the British Army’s new explosive ordnance disposal robot, leading the country’s effort to add more high-tech robotics into its force, reports c4isrnet.com. Harris Corporation’s T7 was selected by the Ministry of Defense last year, according to Defense News, part of a $72 million contract to deliver 56 robots to the ministry designed to take some of the more dangerous tasks from human operators.

The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group returns to Europe to participate in a large-scale NATO exercise this month, reports Defense News. This is NATO’s largest exercise in two decades. Forces from all 29 NATO members, plus partner nations Sweden and Finland, will participate in the drill.

US F-22s and B-2 bombers complete new training to show China they won’t back down, reports Business Insider.

Bloomberg reports Chinese spies attacked almost 30 US companies, including Amazon and Apple, with chips inserted into machines made at factories run by manufacturing subcontractors in China.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claims “real progress” on his visit to North Korea and the goal of verifiable demuclearization is within reach, reports Washington Times.

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