May 21, 2019

DoD Still at Risk of Cyber Intrusions

Fifty cybersecurity assessments of combatant commands and the military services by the Department of Defense reveal its missions and systems continue to be at risk of cyber intrusions, despite improvements in network defenses.

Navy’s First Female Jet Pilot Dies

Female Jet Pilot

The US Navy’s first female jet pilot, Rosemary Mariner, died last week. She was 65.

China Expands Armed Drones Sales: DoD Reports on Whose Buying Them

armed drones

The mandated DoD reports says China completed more than $20 million in sales, with the country’s second largest arms sales going to the Middle East and North Africa and notes the uptick is the likely result of an increased demand for armed drones.

Maryland Among Top States Affected by Shutdown

Maryland ranks among the top states most affected by the partial federal government shutdown. The District of Columbia ranked the top most affected state (No. 1), followed by New Mexico (No. 2), and Maryland (No. 3).

F-35 Flight Trials on British Carrier Now Complete

F-35 Flight Trials

The F-35 Pax River Integrated Test Force has finished its flight trials aboard the HMS Queen Elizabeth. Two F-35B jets, four test pilots, and nearly 200 personnel joined the carrier in late September.

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.

US, Britain Ready for F-35B Flight Trials

F-35B flight trials

Great Britain’s aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has departed for the US to carry out flight trials with F-35B fighter jets at the Portsmouth naval base.

White House Objects to 2nd LCS in 2019

LCS littoral combat ships

As the Senate takes up the 2019 Defense Appropriations Bill, the White House has made clear it does not approve of a provision that calls for two littoral combat ships in 2019, one more than the Navy asked for in its budget.

Fitness Trackers Banned for Deployed Troops

Fitness

New Pentagon Policy: deployed service members will no longer be allowed to use fitness tracking apps or other wearable technology that relies on geolocation.

Leaders Arrive in Singapore Ahead of Summit

Summit

President Donald Trump arrived in Singapore on Sunday for a historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that could lay the groundwork for ending a nuclear stand-off between the old foes.