August 19, 2018

US Faces Cyber Threats on Many Fronts

cyber threats

National Intelligence Director Dan Coats issues warnings about cyber threats to US national security. Digital attempts to undermine America are occurring daily, not just at election time from Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, and criminal networks and individual hackers.

US to Promote Arms Sales at Air Show

US to Promote Arms Sales at Air Show

Lots of senior American officials will be in attendance this week at the Farnborough International Airshow in England eager to boost sales of US weapons and aircraft.

Hoyer Plans Election Security Forum

Electoral Systems

Two US congressmen visited the Election Assistance Commission in Silver Spring in early May, and while there announced their plans to host a public forum on Election Security on May 22 in Rockville. Congressman Steny H. Hoyer made the announcement with Congressman Jamie Raskin, who serves on the Committee on House Administration, which oversees the EAC.

Big Budget = Many Military Impacts

big budget

In the $1.3 trillion omnibus budget bill trumpeting a big budget for the military, there are some lesser reported details, including no BRAC provision, no changes to GITMO, and no more credit card use at strip clubs.

VADM Suggests Incentive Pay, Bonuses to Keep Pilots

VADM Robert P. Burke believes the Navy may need to offer aviation incentive pay and aviation bonuses to help retain pilots. “We continue to face challenges within some historically retention-challenged communities, particularly among aviators in specific model/type/series platforms,” Burke told Congress.

Is Cybersecurity the National Guard’s Job?

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Facing testimony of ongoing Russian tampering, including via use of social media and other online propaganda methods, including states’ electoral integrity in the upcoming midterm elections, a Senate Arms Services subcommittee discussed moving the US’s cybersecurity responsibilities to the National Guard.

Great Mills CyberPatriots Compete

Land Protection

Seven teams from Great Mills High School competed in the Maryland State CyberPatriots competition on Jan. 19, 2018, with support from The Patuxent Partnership. 

Unpredictable Spending Costing DoD Vendors

Pentagon

Unpredictable Pentagon spending has DoD vendors leaving the marketplace. The defense industrial base is shrinking, research and development stagnant, meaning the weapons systems of tomorrow are not being developed today.

7th Fleet Boosts Stealth Attack Options

US boosts stealth attack options in the Pacific by deploying new Marine F-35B fighter jets from the the USS Wasp, which arrived this weekend into the area of operations.

Survey: Agencies Ready If Gov’t Shutdown Occurs

Survey: Agencies Ready If Shutdown Occurs

Whether a shutdown is on the horizon for the holiday season, a majority of federal employees who took an anonymous online survey from Federal News Radio said their federal agencies are ready if a shutdown does happen Dec. 22.