July 22, 2024

Prepare for Air Taxis in ’24

A new GIS-based program has been created for urban areas to begin planning for the arrival of air taxis as early as next year within their jurisdictions. The eVTOLs are already on tap for transportation needs during the summer of 2024 at the Paris Olympics.

Ship’s Trespass Investigated

A Coast Guard investigation is underway after the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Harmony of the Seas forced Sunday evening’s scrub of a SpaceX launch from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. The ship veered into the exclusion zone along a Falcon 9 rocket’s flight path just before the scheduled launch.

Proposed 2.7% Pay Raise for DoD Civilians & Troops

Rotary Club

The Senate Armed Services Committee has joined the Biden administration and House leaders supporting a 2.7% DoD pay hike for troops and civilians in 2022.

Patton’s WWII Command Car Up for Auction

Gen. George S. Patton’s customized 4×4 Command Car was part of the 3rd Army headquarters’ motorpool, built in 1944 with a series of modifications to suit the general’s preferences. It will be auctioned June 13 to benefit a nonprofit educational center for for K-12 students and returning veterans.

Longer Military Obligations Considered for Academies

Service Academies

Senators are looking to extend the eight-year service obligation for graduates of US service academies, noting a 20 percent cost hike per graduate since the obligations were last adjusted in 1996.

Homeland to Share Cyber Indicators with Industry

New Normal on the Internet cyber

The Department of Homeland Security will start automatically sharing cyber-security threat indicators — not incidents — with industry.