April 17, 2021

Art & Lifestyle:

What the Future Holds for Remote Work

Remote

One year into the COVID-19 pandemic and experts are weighing in on the future of remote work and the policies that guide it. One professor believes that many firms will adopt remote work on a permanent basis. A business exec envisions companies adding chief remote work officers. One CEO predicts rural towns will flourish if they innovate quickly.

GOP Lawmakers Urge Hike in Defense Budget

Defense Budget

Eight GOP lawmakers, led by House Armed Services Committee member Mike Rogers, are urging President Joe Biden to increase the defense budget by 3% to 5%. They say the hike would be a prudent investment to stay ahead of China and other threats.

Cyber Experts: What Biden Should Prioritize

Cybersecurity

Experts making up the Cybersecurity 202 Network have cited some ideas for what President Joe Biden should prioritize in his first 100 days in office, including finishing appointments to his cybersecurity team and directing more resources to Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

Can Robot Targets Pivot to Virus Warriors?

robot targets

A maker of realistically moving robot targets used in military training exercises is retrofitting some of his robots go on the offensive to kill coronavirus, scouring enclosures with ultraviolet light.

1st Guard Unit Receives Delivery of F-35s

Guard Unit F-35s

The Vermont Air National Guard took delivery of the first two of what will become 20 F-35 jets. It is the first Guard unit to receive the aircraft.

Congress Hears Testimony on Military Base Water Contamination

clean water

Congress hears testimony today from DoD’s deputy assistant secretary of defense for environment about water contamination on military bases. Also testifying is a former Army reservist with at least 16 relatives near Colorado Springs’ Air Force and Army installations diagnosed with cancer.

National Guard to Remain at US-Mexico Border Another Year

US-Mexico Border

Up to 4,000 National Guard personnel are authorized to remain on the US-Mexico border for another year, although funding for the extended mission remains unclear.

McConnell Says, “Russians Are Not Our Friends”

McConnell

Senate Majority Leader notes alleged meddling in US and European elections and the 2014 annexation of Crimea, saying, “The Russians are not our friends … [they] are acting like the old Soviet Union used to act,”

Trump Calls for 6th Branch — Space Force

space force

President Donald Trump directed DoD to establish a military space force to add a sixth branch of the military.

National Guard Begins Deployment at Border

National Guard

National Guard troops are being deployed to the US border with Mexico. DefSec Jim Mattis has specified that the Guard will assist the Department of Homeland Security but not perform law enforcement missions and will be armed only when necessary for self-defense.