President Trump Tweets Sensitive Surveillance Image of IranPresident Donald Trump has tweeted what experts say is almost certainly an image from a classified satellite or drone, showing the aftermath of an accident at an Iranian space facility.
National Public RadioAir Force Veteran Convicted in Terror Case to Be ResentencedA US Air Force veteran was properly convicted on terrorism charges for trying to join the Islamic State group and die a martyr, an appeals court said Aug. 29, but it ordered a judge to resentence him and better explain his reasons behind any penalty. Tairod Pugh, 51, of Neptune, N.J., is serving a 35-year prison sentence, the maximum possible penalty he faced after a Brooklyn jury convicted him in 2016 of trying to provide material support to a terrorist organization and obstruction of justice.
Associated Press via ABC NewsHypersonics: Army Awards $699M to Build First Missiles for a Combat UnitDynetics will build the Common Glide Body for both the Army and Navy, which Lockheed Martin will integrate into full-up weapons for the first US Army battery by 2023.
USAF releaseThe Pentagon Is Exploring New Ways to Isolate Its NetworksThe Pentagon is investing millions of dollars in research to improve the department’s air-gapping methods, which would better protect the sensitive data flowing between military IT systems. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency on Aug. 28 awarded General Electric a $8.6 million contract to prototype hardware and software designs that would help keep highly sensitive data physically isolated from other parts of the Pentagon’s tech infrastructure.
NextgovMilitary Per Diem Rates Are About to Go UpThe Defense Department has announced that per diem rates for military travel will increase for fiscal 2020, which runs from Oct. 1, 2019, to Sept. 30, 2020. The standard per diem will increase to $151, effective Oct. 1, 2019.
Military.comThe Budget Control Act Is Dead. Now What?The demise of the Budget Control Act and the threat of sequestration does not necessarily portend the end of fiscal instability for the Pentagon, analysts say.
National Defense MagazineOPINION: War in Space Will Probably Be Really Boring“Decades worth of movies and video games have shaped our idea of war among the stars, and it's hard not to let our imaginations run a bit wild when the concept of zero-G warfighting is suddenly so real that our lawmakers are actually budgeting for it,” writes journalist and former marine Alex Hollings. “The thing is, our ideas of space warfare and the reality of conflict in space are pretty far off from one another... at least for now.”
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This 747 Is Fighting Fires in the AmazonTens of thousands of wildland fires are burning in the Amazon rainforest right now. Firefighters and soldiers across the region are scrambling to control the blazes, but resources are thin and many of the fires are nearly unreachable, set by ranchers and farmers in remote locations. Fortunately, one of the toughest machines in the industry is on the job.
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