May 21, 2018

25% Cut to DoD Support Agencies Proposed

25% cut to DoD

Thornberry’s proposed 25% cut to DoD would impact “fourth estate” agencies supported by 200,000 civilians and 600,000 contractors, at a cost of more than $100 billion per year.

Is Cybersecurity the National Guard’s Job?

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Facing testimony of ongoing Russian tampering, including via use of social media and other online propaganda methods, including states’ electoral integrity in the upcoming midterm elections, a Senate Arms Services subcommittee discussed moving the US’s cybersecurity responsibilities to the National Guard.

Russian Fighter Jet Again in US Flight Path

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For the second time since November, a Russian jet buzzes the flank of a US reconnaissance aircraft over the Black Sea, forcing the EP-3 Aries to fly through the Russian Su-27’s flight wash.

Russian Jet Buzzes Navy Poseidon

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A Navy P-8A Poseidon flying over the Black Sea was rocked when a Russian jet flew just 50 feet in front of the American aircraft, leaving the Poseidon in the fighter’s afterburners.

China Leads Cyber Strategy, N. Korea No Slacker

Indicted for Hacking

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War Authorizations Will Not Be Repealed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.