May 13, 2021

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DoD Likely Unchanged by Biden Administration

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Military observers see little spending or strategic changes at the Pentagon with a Biden White House and Republicans maintaining sway over the Senate.

Govt. Agencies Could Be at Risk After Suspected Russian Hack

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All federal civilian executive branch agencies have been directed to search their networks for indications they were compromised after the US Commerce Department was hacked. The hackers entered US systems through updates by the software company that also provides services to the White House, the Pentagon, and NASA.

Marine Band Returns to Mardi Gras

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News arrived this week of the pending arrival of the coronavirus in the US. Fortunately for New Orleans, Mardi Gras ran well ahead of the threat, concluding this past Fat Tuesday. Honoring tradition of decades, the Marine Forces Reserve Band performed throughout Mardi Gras 2020 and upheld its top-ranked reputation.

F-35 Called Safe, Despite Wrong Bolts

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DoD’s acquisition chief says the F-35 fleet is safe to fly, despite an unknown number of under-strength bolts in critical areas of the jet. Neither the Pentagon nor Lockheed know how many aircraft are affected.

Deteriorating Propeller Blades Ground C-130s

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The Air Force grounded 60 C-130H Hercules aircraft after a review found their pre-1971 propeller blades could be susceptible to dangerous cracking. Five of those C-130s have had their blades replaced and returned to flying status.

Pentagon Eyes Change in Cellphone Policy

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is expected to order a tightening of security policy governing military and civilian personnel bringing cellphones into classified workspaces in the Pentagon.