October 20, 2021

Art & Lifestyle:

Community Assistance Day Set Oct. 29 -

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Wreaths Across America Exhibit Travels to St. Mary’s -

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

SoMD Heritage Series Concludes Nov. 16 -

Monday, October 18, 2021

St. Mary’s Public Forum Set Oct. 19 -

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Remote Work Brings Cyberattacks

An industry study found 74% of organizations attribute recent business-impacting cyberattacks to remote work tech vulnerabilities and that remote and hybrid work models are eroding businesses’ security perimeters.

Hypersonic Weapons Worry Congress

Concerned with a gap in the military’s ability to detect low-flying hypersonic weapons, lawmakers want the Pentagon to deliver a progress report by the end of November on its efforts to use radar to detect the weapons that can travel in excess of five times the speed of sound, covering vast distances in minutes.

MQ-25 Conducts First-Ever Unmanned Aerial Refueling

MQ-25

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.

Cyber Chief: Mission Force Needs to Grow

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GEN Paul Nakasone, head of the US Cyber Command, hinted last week at a House subcommittee hearing that he believes his cyber force could soon see a growth in personnel.

Fagan Nominated Vice Commandant USCG

USCG VADM Linda Fagan nominated as vice commandant of the Coast Guard. Fagan is the head of the Pacific area of operations and will become the first woman to achieve a fourth-star in the Coast Guard.

How About ‘Zoom-Free Fridays’?

Zoom

Citigroup has declared “Zoom-Free Fridays,” an effort to combat employee fatigue triggered by remote working during the COVID-19 pandemic. “I know from your feedback and my own experience, the blurring of lines between home and work and the relentlessness of the pandemic workday have taken a toll on our well-being,” the company CEO wrote in a memo to employees.

Capitol Needs Permanent Guard Team

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The security review led by retired Army LT GEN Russel L. Honoré has called for numerous new security measures to be instituted to provide “quick action” for future security emergencies such as the deadly Jan. 6 attack on Congress.

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.

US Sticks With Policy to Keep Turkey Out of F-35 Program

Turkey

The Biden administration is sticking with the policy of keeping Turkey out of the F-35 JSF program. The US urges Ankara not to keep the S-400 defense system it purchased from Russia in 2019. Turkey should instead invest in the American-made Patriot air defense missile system, the Pentagon says.

Hicks Looks to Become Deputy DefSec

Kathleen Hicks

Kathleen Hicks received little pushback from senators during her confirmation hearing which included her openness to changing budget traditions to drive joint activity.