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High-Resolution Virus Pictures Help Researchers Develop Vaccines

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There isn’t much nice to say about SARS-CoV-2, HIV or the common flu virus — but they all do make a fascinating picture. Those images, seen on TV, in newspapers and on the web are produced by researchers like Dr. Gordon Joyce to help other researchers better develop the vaccines that will eventually destroy the viruses. Years ago, if researchers ...

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Going for Gold for the Rosies

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Since March, Mae Krier has traveled a lot. She’s been to the Pentagon four times, to the Capitol three times, all over the United States, and even to Normandy, France, for the 75th anniversary of D-Day. During World War II, Krier worked at an aircraft factory in Seattle building B-17 Flying Fortress and B-29 Superfortress aircraft. She wasn’t the only ...

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Pentagon: Defensive Measures Prevented Casualties in Iranian Attack

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Although Iranian missiles damaged equipment and infrastructure at U.S. and ally-occupied military installations in Iraq yesterday, training and defensive readiness paid off in no lives being lost, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said. “There’s sirens that go off on these bases. … There’s bunkers and jersey barriers, and there’s places to go hide and all that,” said Army ...

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Defense Department Will Likely Require Cybersecurity Capabilities for All Defense Contractors in 2020

The Defense Department expects that by June 2020, industry will see cybersecurity requirements included as part of new requests for information, which typically serve as one of the first steps in the awarding of new defense contracts. Ellen Lord, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, said the new cybersecurity maturity model certification program is a critical part of ...

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No Plans to Leave Iraq, Defense Official Says

The U.S. military presence in Iraq is predicated on permission to be there from the Iraqi government, and U.S. forces will remain so long as the Iraqi government agrees, the undersecretary of defense for policy said. “Our intention is to stay. Do we plan to change the posture of U.S. forces? Not at this time,” said John C. Rood, who ...

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Iran’s Military Strength Relies Partly on Nonstate Actors

Iran relies in part on terrorist organizations, proxy groups, and militant partners to protect its interests and to further its agenda of expanding influence in the Middle East, a defense official said. Christian Saunders, a senior Defense Intelligence Agency analyst for Iran, spoke to Pentagon reporters today ahead of the release of the new report titled “Iran Military Power” — the ...

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New Book of WWII Photos Highlights Significance of Army Signal Corps

A new book featuring many previously unseen images from World War II reveals just how important to the war effort were the photographers of the Army Signal Corps, and how significant to history the collection of Signal Corps images stored at the National Archives is. “The Army Signal Corps photographic collection is one of the largest in the National Archives ...

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DOD Expects Significant Progress on Critical F-35 System

Nearly 460 F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft have been delivered to military organizations around the world — including the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, as well as to a handful of partner nations. But a critical component of the F-35 program, the Autonomic Logistics Information System, or ALIS, has proven less stellar than the aircraft itself. ...

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DOD Finalizes Next F-35 Purchases

The Defense Department finalized an agreement to purchase 478 additional F-35 Lightning II airplanes in a deal totaling $34 billion, officials said. Ellen M. Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, announced yesterday’s agreement between DOD and aircraft manufacturer Lockheed-Martin during a briefing today at the Pentagon. The F-35s will form the backbone of the U.S. and allied fifth-generation inventory ...

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DOD Focuses Early AI Use on ‘Low Consequence’ Applications, Not Command and Control

The Defense Department has a long way to go in developing artificial intelligence and applying it to the most pressing military problems. For now, DOD is applying AI toward humanitarian assistance and predictive maintenance, the director of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center said. ”We start with low-consequence use cases for a reason,” Air Force Lt. Gen. John Shanahan said during a ...

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Military Exchanges Extinguish Vape Sales

The Army and Air Force Exchange Service and the Navy Exchange have stopped selling vape-related products. AAFES removed vape-related products from its shelves Sept. 30. Navy Exchange Service Command removed products from NEX retail shelves and directed NEX concessionaires and vendors to discontinue the sale of vaping products after Oct. 1. Vaping is not harmless, and researchers are still trying ...

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Aid to Ukraine Successful, DOD Spokesman Says

Earlier this year, the Defense Department made plans to provide some $250 million in aid to Ukraine, with the goal of transitioning that aid before the end of the fiscal year. The department was largely successful in that goal, a Pentagon spokesman said. “As of today, the bulk of this $250 million is on contract, the rest should be out ...

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Tips From an Army Special Agent to Avoid Scams

Even the most innocuous data posted to a social media feed can be married up with other publicly available information to provide online criminals the tools they need to exploit members of the military or general public, an Army special agent said. Special Agent Deric Palmer, program manager for the Digital Personal Protection Program, part of the Major Cybercrime Unit ...

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Hypersonics Remain Top Priority for Defense Department

A hypersonic weapon moving at five times the speed of sound can travel across the Pacific Ocean in just over 100 minutes and U.S. adversaries are developing such weapons now, said Michael D. Griffin, undersecretary of defense for research and engineering. “They are quite capable,” Griffin said. “The advantage offered by a hypersonic offense is that it overflies air defenses as ...

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