April 26, 2019

Air Force Plugging F-35 Cybersecurity Holes

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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.

Federal Workers Face Trio of Workforce Reduction Orders

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Federal workers are not only facing anti-union sentiments in Congress and a presidential desire to make firings easier, three executive orders were signed this week designed to shrink the federal workforce through hiring freezes, attrition, reform plans and vacancies.

F-35s, Microwave Missiles – US Counters N Korea

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Weaponizing F-35s and new microwave missiles are among the developing arsenal of US counter measures in the face of North Korea’s continuing missile launches.

7th Fleet Cmdr. Relieved: All Collisions During Basic Duties

Four collisions in the Seventh Fleet this year — all occurring during basic ship handling duties — resulted in the commander of the fleet being relieved. As the Navy begins an extensive review and reset, a multinational search for 10 missing sailors from the latest collision of the USS John McCain locates some remains, aboard ship.

F-35 Getting Closer to Combat Readiness

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The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is getting closer to full combat readiness, as pilots continue to test the jet in challenging environments.

Trump Finds Opposition to Foreign Aid Cuts

Opposition to Foreign Aid Cuts James Mattis

Now is not the time to slash US foreign aid, more than 120 retired generals and admirals said in a letter to lawmakers, while citing past comments from DefSec James Mattis to buttress their case. Mattis said while commander of US Central Command, “If you don’t fully fund the State Department, then I need to buy more ammunition.”

Defense Stocks Tumble After Trump F-35 Tweet

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Trump tweets F-35 costs “out of control,” Lockheed stocks tumble, shares of General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman, BAE, and Raytheon fall as well.

McCain Endorses Mattis, Not Waterboarding

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Sen. John McCain: “I don’t give a damn what the president of the United States wants to do or anybody else wants to do. We will not waterboard. We will not do it.” But the senator does endorse Trump’s rumored choice for defense secretary Marine Gen. James Mattis.