April 17, 2021

Art & Lifestyle:

V-22 Milestone: 600,000 Flight Hours

Osprey

A milestone for the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey as the tiltrotor aircraft logs more than 600,000 flight hours since the count began with the first flight in 1989. The V-22 family of aircraft are designed to fly for the next 30 years and remain the only tiltrotor in production.

Biden Transition Team Decries Lack of DoD Cooperation

transition

President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team has criticized the Pentagon for the abrupt halt in meetings and information sharing. “A failure to work together can have consequences well beyond January,” a spokesman for the team said.

Task Force to Study Cancer-Causing Chemicals Used on Bases

Chemicals

DefSec Mark Esper signed a memo on his first full day at work establishing a task force to deal with cancer-causing chemicals found on military bases.

DoD Still at Risk of Cyber Intrusions

Fifty cybersecurity assessments of combatant commands and the military services by the Department of Defense reveal its missions and systems continue to be at risk of cyber intrusions, despite improvements in network defenses.

Wrecked Plane Thought to Be 1940-50s Navy Aircraft

An Eastern Shore TV station news helicopter discovered what appears to be a crashed plane in the waters of Wroten Island in Dorchester County. The wreck site is surrounded by trees and marsh, so the only visibility is from above. A Navy underwater archaeologist believes the aircraft is from the 1940s or ’50s. It has NATC on the tail portion, according to the report.

US Cyber Offensive to Protect Midterms from Russian Interference

cyber offensive

The US Cyber Command is targeting individual Russian operatives to deter the spreading disinformation to interfere in elections, telling them American operatives have identified them and are tracking their work.

Lives Depend on Sailors Ready to Fight

ready to fight

If the Navy’s going to win the next war against a great or rising power, America’s chief petty officers must prepare deck-plate sailors to be ready to fight. Message from ADM John Richardson: Prepare yourselves and your sailors now because all of your lives depend on it.

Lawmakers Want Large-Scale DoD Cyber Exercise

DoD cyber workers

Congress is requiring the Department of Defense to conduct a large-scale exercise gaming response to a national cyber incident.

Pentagon Creates New Joint AI Office

Pentagon Creates New Joint AI Office

A new Joint Artificial Intelligence Center at the Pentagon will have oversight over almost all service and defense agency AI efforts.

MQ-4C Triton Officially Put Into Service

Triton

The MQ-4C Triton Broad Area Maritime System high-altitude long-endurance UAV has been officially put into service with Unmanned Patrol Squadron 19 at Naval Base Ventura County in Point Mugu, Calif. VP-19 now has two Triton UAVs.