September 25, 2023

A Debut for Blue Angels’ 1st Female Pilot

Blue Angels

The US Navy’s Blue Angels demonstration team has its first female pilot — LT Amanda Lee. LT Lee flew her first public show earlier this month at the Naval Air Facility El Centro Air Show.

US, Canada Ban TikTok on Government Devices

The US and Canada have given their agencies a month to clear TikTok from all government devices amid mounting fears of data ending up in the hands of Chinese Communist Party members via the Chinese-owned social media platform.

Lawmakers Ask for Halt on Nice Bridge Demolition

Nice Bridge

Three Maryland lawmakers are urging the state Department of Transportation to pause plans to demolish the existing Gov. Harry Nice Memorial Bridge. They want a review conducted to determine the feasibility and cost of repurposing the old bridge for recreational use.

Navy Running Short on Fighter Pilots

Defense Trade

Technical and safety problems have left the US Navy short by about 90 fighter pilots. That’s the message from naval air training chief RADM Robert Westendorff, speaking at a virtual Tailhook symposium.

US Military Might in the Pacific

Military Valiant Shield

Valiant Shield 2020 has assembled US military forces in the Pacific region for the 12-day training exercise.

Report Highlights China’s Push for Military Dominance

Syria

A newly released report says China’s military is pushing ahead of the US. The “Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China” reveals China has progressed in areas such as shipbuilding, missile defense, and ballistic and cruise missile construction. The People’s Liberation Army is an “increasingly modern and flexible force,” according to the report.

Wind Turbines OK’d Offshore in Ocean City

Wind Turbines

Skipjack Offshore Energy received approval from the Maryland Public Service Commission for the company’s plan to erect wind turbines off the coast of Ocean City. The turbines will be more than 800 feet tall, more than 200 feet taller than the original plan. The taller turbines will mean that fewer would be installed.

DoD Under-Utilizing Talent, Experts Say

DoD

DoD is under-utilizing existing talent and losing workers to civilian jobs. It needs to take a serious look at how it trains and assigns troops for high-tech jobs, says the Defense Innovation Board.