June 26, 2022

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Lights, Camera, Action at NAS Pax

Camera

When “Top Gun: Maverick” technical crew members needed expert advice, they consulted engineers at NAVAIR. The command provided filmmakers with two F/A-18F Super Hornet fighter jets to modify for photography and a decommissioned Grumman F-14 Tomcat for on-the-ground scenes, as well as wind tunnel testing for the cameras.

US Ups Its Investment in Cyber Technology

Ransomware cyber

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is pushing the US to invest more in cybersecurity. Federal agencies have spent millions for new technology, seized hacking forums, charged foreign cyber criminals, and issued regular warnings on threat risks. Congress also has been quick to move on some cyber-related legislation.

ONR Touts ‘Historic’ 1st Test of Laser Defense System

Laser

The US Navy has conducted a test of a new Layered Laser Defense system, which the Office of Naval Research is calling “historic.” The all-electric, high-energy laser weapon built by Lockheed Martin was used to defeat a target representing a subsonic cruise missile in flight.

Navy Conducts Shock Trials for New Carrier

Shock Trials

During full ship shock trials Friday in the Atlantic Ocean , the US Navy triggered an explosion near the USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier with a 40,000-pound bomb. The blast registered as a 3.9 magnitude earthquake.

IG Report: P-8A Readiness Rates Drop

P-8A

An evaluation of the readiness of the US Navy’s P-8A Poseidon says the aircraft’s mission capable rates have fallen below the targets set by Naval Air Forces. The May 19 report was released by the DoD’s Office of the Inspector General.

Timeline on Vote for New DefSec Unclear

Timeline

The Senate Armed Services Committee is planning a confirmation hearing at 3 pm Jan. 19 for GEN Lloyd Austin, the Biden administration’s choice for secretary of defense. A timeline for any vote has not yet been established.

Trump Tweets DefSec Esper Is ‘Terminated’

Esper

DefSec Mark Esper got the boot on Monday. President Donald Trump made the announcement in a Tweet. Christopher Miller, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, will be the acting secretary.

DoD Asks to Classify Five-Year Projections

DoD Projections

The Pentagon has asked Congress to classify its five-year Future Year Defense Program, considered essential information to show where DoD expects to invest in the future. The document has been unclassified since 1989.

Truman Strike Group Joins 6th Fleet

Truman Strike Group

The US Navy said the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman and its strike group entered the 6th Fleet’s area of operations. The Truman had been sidelined due to electrical glitches; it is expected to relieve the USS Abraham Lincoln.

Shortage of Cybersecurity Workers Continues

Cybersecurity

A recent Cybersecurity Workforce Study finds there is a shortage of cybersecurity professionals around the world. In the US, a current cybersecurity workforce of more than 800,000 is nowhere close to the number of cybersecurity jobs needed to protect government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, and small and mid-sized business.