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Sierra Nevada moves to low-rate initial production on secure networking system for Special Forces planes | Military Aerospace Electronics

Officials of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., ask Sierra Nevada Corp. in Sparks, Nev., for a low-rate initial production (LRIP) on Airborne Mission Networking (AbMN) for Special Forces planes. U.S. Air Force officials said that the order is good for two years at $29.8 million in an announcement. The AbMN allows aircrew ... Read More »

USS Ohio conducts joint operations with Marine Corps element near Okinawa | CPF

On February 2, Ohio-class guided-missile submarine, USS Ohio, stopped near Okinawa, Japan to conduct joint operations with Marine Corps elements. The stop is part of USS Ohio’s deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet efforts to provide flexible, forward postured and quick response options to regional commanders. With this, the crew could integrate with a III Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) force ... Read More »

Hundreds of doctors fired by VA may still be treating veterans, GAO finds | Military.com

Around 227 medical doctors fired by the Department of Veterans may still be treating veterans according to reports. This is possible through the VA’s networks of private physicians. These medical doctors were dismissed due to poor quality care after the tracking that has been made in 2019 to ensure that the medical doctors working for VA are eligible to care ... Read More »

Airmen receive Bronze Stars for stemming COVID-19 outbreak at Afghanistan base | Stars & Stripes

Capt. Kathleen Schurr and Capt. Katie Coble, together with Master Sgt. Brandon Hockenbarger has been awarded Bronze Stars for their efforts in stemming the coronavirus outbreak in NATO headquarters in Kabul. In NATO, the coronavirus outbreak reached a 30% infection rate last summer, with over 200 infected people. Together with other members of the medical team, the three have successfully ... Read More »

From rickety souk to global powerhouse: How Dubai became the City of Gold | CNN Travel

Dubai, dubbed as the “City of Gold,” is known for its jaw-dropping transformation from a sleepy village to one of the world’s wealthiest cities. The city has made its way to becoming the center of gold trade with about a 29 percent market share or nearly 1,200 tons of gold worth around $41 billion. It also has become a retail ... Read More »

Here is the Space Force’s new rank structure | Air Force Times

The U.S. Space Force has issued a new rank structure according to a memo signed Friday. The new rank structure is derived from the Air Force’s, with ranks ranging from second lieutenants to four-star generals. But instead of using E-1 through E-4 just like the Air Force, the Space Force is set to use specialist 1, specialist 2, specialist 3, ... Read More »

Bebo chief reveals plan to take on Facebook and Twitter | BBC News

To provide a refreshing break, Bebo’s co-founder, Michael Birch, is planning to relaunch the social network, to which he codes personally. According to him, Bebo will focus on profiles and “real-time” interactions among family and friends rather than the news feeds just like Twitter and Facebook when relaunch. Bebo, which stands for “blog early, blog often, is one of the ... Read More »

The report card is in for the US defense industry’s health | Defense News

In a report released Tuesday, the health of America’s defense industrial base ranks a mediocre “C.” This is because of a poor ability to surge production in a crisis and growing cyber vulnerabilities. Political obstacles for defense budgeting has also affected the result. The result was based on eight performance areas from 0 to 100. Source: https://www.defensenews.com/2021/02/02/c-grade-for-us-defense-industrys-health-warns-trade-group-report/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EBB%2002.03.21&utm_term=Editorial%20-%20Early%20Bird%20Brief Read More »

General Atomics reveals self-protection pod for the MQ-9 Reaper | The Aviationist

The General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has announced the latest additions to the MQ-9 Reaper Remotely Piloted Aircraft, including a Self-Protection Pod (SPP). The Self-Protection Pod was successfully tested in October 2020 in Yuma Proving Grounds (YPG), as part of a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. According to the press release, the Self-Protection Pod full-spectrum awareness and ... Read More »

Does ‘authentic’ Mexican food exist? | BBC Travel

Mexican food is one of the most famous cuisines in the entire world. Wherever you go, you’ll surely find a Mexican food store, but are the foods they are selling really authentic? It turns out the Mexican foods we are used to are not ‘authentic’ but have been influenced by other nations that have colonized them. But whatever the food is, ... Read More »