November 19, 2017

China Leads Cyber Strategy, N. Korea No Slacker

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China’s new cyber strategy law already contemplates the risks in the evolving future technologies, while the US has not developed a national strategy yet. It appears North Korea has, and its persistence is paying off for the rogue nation.

The Next JSF Question: Upgrade or Buy New?

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faced with a set of F-35s too limited to fly in combat, weighing whether to upgrade or buy new ones. Production of the fighter jets is projected to reach 130 per year by the end of 2018.

War Authorizations Will Not Be Repealed

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A bipartisan rejection of Sen. Rand Paul’s effort to repeal the war authorizations leading to US entry into Afghanistan and Iraq returns the Senate to consideration of other provisions in the defense authorization bill.

FAA: Drones Hurricane Response ‘Landmark’

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The chief of the Federal Aviation Administration said, despite some problems during Hurricane Harvey in Houston, drone usage in responses to both Harvey and Irma would prove an evolutionary landmark for unmanned aviation.

Mattis Orders Greater Flexibility for Ready and Lethal Forces

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DefSec Mattis directs the services, the National Guard Bureau, and combatant commanders to identify changes needed to give each branch increased flexibility to organize, train, and equip more ready and lethal forces.

Mattis or Trump Keeping Top DoD Posts Vacant?

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DefSec Mattis still hasn’t filled top level vacancies in the Pentagon, after more than 100 days of the Trump Administration. A White House official says it’s not the White House’s fault.

First US & Russian Military Meet-up Since ’14

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the top US and Russian generals will meet today, Thursday in Azerbaijan, the first meeting since military cooperation was suspended in 2014 amid Russian aggression in Ukraine.

Trump Names Shulkin for VA

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Trump includes announcement of his VA secretary nominee at the first press conference he has held since winning the presidential election.

DefSec Nominee Shows Opportunities for Senior Military Retirees

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Retired Marine Gen. James N. Mattis has received millions of dollars of income since leaving the military from Goldman Sachs, Northrop Grumman, Theranos, Stanford University, and General Dynamics.