December 19, 2018

Will a Government Shutdown Be Avoided?

government shutdown

Congress has only a few days left to pass a funding package for several large federal agencies and general government appropriations to avoid a government shutdown.

Navy Suicides Still Highest of All Services

Navy Suicides

Suicide rates in the Navy have climbed rapidly since 2015 with a 53 percent spike from 2016 to 2017, more than among active duty service members in any other branch of the military. Although more modest than the Navy’s rate, suicide rates continued to rise for all duty service members in 2017.

Students on the Cyber Fast Track

Cyber Fast Track

Students at the College of Southern Maryland recently participated in the launch of Cyber Fast Track Maryland, a new program that has been established to help close a widening gap of job openings in the field of cybersecurity.

Air Force Plugging F-35 Cybersecurity Holes

F-35 software

The F-35’s external support systems are deemed the easiest entry points for hackers, leading the Air Force to increase efforts to plug F-35 cybersecuirty holes.

Hornet Crash Was 2nd Involving Aircraft From the Reagan

An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan suffered what authorities believe was a “mechanical issue” during routine operations Monday over the Philippine Sea. The crew was forced to eject. It was the second crash in less than a month involving aircraft from the Reagan.

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.

East Coast on Alert As Florence Nears

Florence

The mid-Atlantic region is expecting to be impacted by the approaching Hurricane Florence. Naval Station Norfolk is among the military installation taking precautions. The National Hurricane Center says it is still too early to predict the storm’s exact path.

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.