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Trump’s Military Vision: (Mostly) Republican

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As a traditionally Republican stalwart, the military appears to be embracing President-Elect Trump’s win, reports The Washington Post from interviews with active military personnel. But there are also reservations. Here area the four questions to be asked, Who does Trump pick as secretary of defense? What will Trump’s rebuilt military look like? Where does he get the money? What happens to the outreach  to harness innovation and technology from places like Silicon Valley?

And Breaking Defense asks what will happen to the DoD budget?

The night before the election, Trump presented a scripted position paper that reflected (mostly) mainstream Republican ideas, reports Breaking Defense. While the campaign still raged, Breaking Defense presented what it called Trump’s comprehensive, detailed, and forward-looking vision for the future of the American military.

So far no cyber hack news on the election front, reports FCW. In a separate article, FCW reports, while Trump is an unknown, federal IT workers and contractors will find the makeup of key congressional oversight committees  familiar.

SpaceX’s rocket fueling practices concern NASA, reports The Falcon 9 rockets need to be supplied with supercooled fuel just 30 minutes before launch, which means that they need to be fueled with the crew on board. This plan goes against 50 years of booster safety practices around the world, and it looks like the committee actually raised the question once more just a few days before SpaceX’s launch pad explosion. reports that the Marine Corps is investigating the recent mid-air fire on an F-35B. The aircraft experienced a fire in the weapons bay while conducting a training mission over Beaufort, South Carolina. It was able to land safely with no injuries.

The earth experienced its hottest half-decade on record between 2011 and 2015, reports Bloomberg. The World Meteorological Organization says the floods, droughts, and storms unleashed by rising temperatures are likely only a prelude to new weather extremes.

The idea that the Pentagon could close bases without a BRAC from Congress continues to make the rounds of defense publications. Here Defense News reports on the head of DoD’s Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation department looking at ways to work with Congress to dump excess infrastructure, including outside the BRAC procedure.

The times they are a’changin’ — voters in California, Massachusetts, and Nevada approved recreational marijuana initiatives, other states passed medical marijuana provisions, as the marijuana reform of 2012, when Colorado and Washington first approved the drug’s recreational use, spreads, reports The Washington Post.


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