May 25, 2024

DNR’s 2023 Chesapeake Bay Hypoxia Report

Data collected by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Old Dominion University show that July 2023 dissolved oxygen conditions in the Chesapeake Bay mainstem of Maryland and Virginia continued to be much better than average.

DNR’s 2022 Bay Hypoxia Report

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Water monitoring data collected by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Old Dominion University show that dissolved oxygen conditions in the Chesapeake Bay mainstem of Maryland and Virginia were better than average for May through October 2022.

DoD Uses COVID Funds for Small-Drone Contracts

DoD’s innovation arm has issued $13.4 million in small-drone support contracts using COVID-19 funds, awarding contracts to five companies to help with “situational awareness, improve human-machine teaming, and provide engineering support.”

Judge Halts Transfer of Milcon Funds to Border Wall

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A federal judge halts $3.6 billion diverted from military construction projects for 175 miles of a border wall, but leaves in place $2.5 billion transferred to the wall from DoD counter-drug operations.

Air Force Tries New Hypoxia Fix for T-6

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After years of T-6 hypoxia scares the Air Force thinks it has the fix with a completely redesigned On-Board Oxygen System that takes design ideas from the F-15E Strike Eagle, in which hypoxia is virtually unheard of, and from the A-10 Warthog.

Navy Carrier Aviation Back in Arctic Circle

Arctic Circle

The Harry S. Truman entered the Norwegian Sea last week, putting US Navy carrier aviation back to the Arctic Circle for the first time in almost 30 years.

Aircraft Big Winner in Defense Budget

Readiness

House and Senate conference committees have finalized a $675 billion defense spending bill. Aircraft of all kinds are the overall winner.

Military Joins Relief Efforts After Hurricane

Hurricane Relief Efforts

The military has joined relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Florence’s landfall. DoD has assigned 13,470 personnel and deployed 1,286 military assets, according to the US Northern Command.

Lawmakers Want Large-Scale DoD Cyber Exercise

DoD cyber workers

Congress is requiring the Department of Defense to conduct a large-scale exercise gaming response to a national cyber incident.

US Faces Cyber Threats on Many Fronts

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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.