November 27, 2021

Art & Lifestyle:

Flat Iron Farm’s Auction Is Back! -

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Retro Christmas Is Back at Lighthouse -

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Flat Iron Farm ‘Casual Christmas’ Opens @ 5pm Thanksgiving -

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Newtowne Players’ ‘Yuletide Yuk-Fest’ -

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Navy’s Challenge: Try to Hack the Machine

Hack

Military and civilian participants are invited to join HACKtheMACHINE this week to help the US Navy solve digital, data, and cyber problems. The Office of Naval Research calls the hacking competition the “Blue Angels for geeks.”

Congress Awaits Briefing on Airstrikes

Syria

The Biden administration is taking heat from Democratic lawmakers as they pressure the White House to provide a legal justification for the airstrikes against Iran-backed militia groups in Syria. Dems renew their push for a war powers overhaul.

Syrian Airstrikes 1st Biden Military Action

Airstrikes Biden

President Joe Biden took his first military action when two US Air Force F-15E aircraft launched seven precision guided munitions Friday that struck a site in Syria used by two Iranian-backed militia groups. The airstrikes were in response to rocket attacks on American forces in the region in the past two weeks. The deadly airstrikes drew criticism from some Democrats in Congress, while key Republicans applauded the move.

US Failing to Fix Cyber Breach

Ransomware cyber

A “disjointed” federal response to the biggest known hack in American history prompts demands from Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) ― the chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee ― for a leader to address the breach.

F-35 Full-Rate Production Put on Hold

Production

DoD has put a hold on the full-rate production of the F-35. The Pentagon says technical challenges and the impact of COVID-19 have delayed preparation of the simulation facility where the combat testing will be conducted.

Small Kindness Reaps National Benefit

A Coast Guardsman bought dinner at a diner for a stranger in Greenland. Ends up it’s the prime minister of the country and the Guardsman has been credited with strengthening the US  position in the Arctic domain. “It’s just something I do,” explained Kate Kilroy junior Coast Guard member.

Nimitz Returns to Mideast as Tensions Rise

The USS Nimitz is back in the Persian Gulf. The Pentagon cites the drawdown of US forces in Afghanistan and Iraq as the reason. Others believe the killing of an Iranian scientist in Tehran is further raising tensions across the Mideast.

Super Hornets Strike ISIS, First Time in Two Years

Carrier-launched US aircraft conducted an airstrike against Islamic State targets for the first time in more than two years. The coalition strike took out a cave and three shelters used as ISIS hideouts in Iraq’s Wadi al-Shai, a rural area in Kirkuk province.

US Conducts Operations in South China Sea for 2nd Time in 2 Weeks

Operations

The US Navy again has two carrier strike groups — USS Nimitz and USS Ronald Reagan — conducting operations in the South China Sea. Rhetoric is heating up in the region, where Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam are challenging China’s claim to about 90% of the sea. The Navy notes that the carrier operations are unrelated to current events.

DoD Lifts Travel Restrictions in 39 States, 5 Countries

Travel Restrictions

Thirty-nine states and five host nations meet the conditions to lift travel restrictions, according to the Defense Department, subject to the assessment of conditions at individual military installations within these areas. Maryland is one of the states on the list.