June 17, 2021

Art & Lifestyle:

MQ-25 Conducts First-Ever Unmanned Aerial Refueling

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The MQ-25 Stingray program’s first-ever aerial refueling of a manned receiver aircraft by an unmanned tanker was successful. The test took place June 4 out of MidAmerica Airport in Illinois.

New Faces, New Policies, New Administration

President Joe Biden was expected to quickly sign executive orders on the coronavirus, immigration, and climate following an inauguration completed under unprecedented security. Before inauguration Biden already had new faces in DoD, worried Wall Street, and ask for another DefSec waiver.

Dewey Receives Navy’s New Drone-Fighting Laser Weapon

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The Navy announced that the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer Dewey has a new laser weapon onboard, ODIN — Optical Dazzling Interdictor, Navy. The system was installed last year, but kept under wraps until last week.

Turkey Strikes Border, Thwarting Kurdish Fighters

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Turkish military strike at a Kurdish route into northeastern Syria after President Donald Trump unexpectedly announced a US troop withdrawal from the area.