Royal Navy being eaten away by cannibalization of ships for spare parts, spending watchdog warns | Military & Aerospace Electronics

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Instances of Royal Navy surface warships being stripped of parts so they can be fitted to other vessels more in need have risen by half in the past five years.

The National Audit Office (NAO) investigation was published as a former First Sea Lord said it was further evidence the Armed Forces were being hollowed out by years of cuts.

Source: Royal Navy being eaten away by cannibalization of ships for spare parts, spending watchdog warns – Military & Aerospace Electronics

Space war: how the Air Force plans to defend the final frontier | Military & Aerospace Electronics


The past few decades have shown how space warfare operations can revolutionize military operations on Earth. The next theater, however, might be space itself.

“Both [Russia and China] will continue to pursue a full range of anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons as a means to reduce U.S. military effectiveness,” said Daniel Coats, director of national intelligence, in a congressional testimony released in May. Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma put it another way while questioning the nominee for NASA Administrator, Jim Bridenstine. “We are in the most threatened position in the history of the country,” the senator warned.

The rhetoric coming out of Washington can make it seem as though we are headed into a future of astronaut grunts and laser guns and space shuttle door gunners.

Source: Space war: how the Air Force plans to defend the final frontier – Military & Aerospace Electronics

Raytheon, MetTel Establish Alliance to Secure Government, Industry Communications Networks | Light Reading

This alliance is well-positioned to support the Administration’s IT modernization and cybersecurity priorities, including the emerging security challenges posed by internet-connected devices, including computers, routers and security cameras.

“Security is foremost on everyone’s mind today, especially with the constant emergence of new threat forms compounded by the exploding array of devices and network access points,” said Ed Fox, vice president of Network Services for MetTel. “The world needs a network that meets the highest government security standards and together, MetTel and Raytheon are committed to delivering that network.”

Source: Raytheon, MetTel Establish Alliance to Secure Government, Industry Communications Networks | Light Reading

Trump Voters Celebrate Massive Tax Cut For Everyone But Them | The New Yorker


Across the country, Trump supporters were overjoyed that, after months of gridlock and wrangling, the man they voted for was about to make Americans other than them wildly richer.

Harland Dorrinson, a Trump supporter from Kentucky, agreed. “When I cast my vote last November, I said to myself, ‘I sure hope this means that people with a thousand times more money than I have get even more money,’ ” he said. “Promise kept.”

Source: Trump Voters Celebrate Massive Tax Cut For Everyone But Them | The New Yorker

Gulf carriers may be in focus under foreign airline U.S. tax exemption cut


The proposal, tucked deep in the Senate tax-cut plan, calls for airlines headquartered in foreign countries to pay the U.S. incorporate tax rate if:

1) the carrier’s home country does not have an income tax treaty with the United States and

2) the carrier’s country of origin has fewer than two arrivals and departures, per week, operated by major U.S. airlines.

Source: Gulf carriers may be in focus under foreign airline U.S. tax exemption cut

Trump to allow imports of African elephant trophies | TheHill


The Trump administration is reversing an Obama administration ban on bringing to the United States the heads of elephants killed in two African countries.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) said it has determined that hunting African elephants in Zimbabwe and Zambia “will enhance the survival of the species in the wild,” which is the standard by which officials judge whether to allow imports of parts — known as trophies — of the animals.

Source: Trump to allow imports of African elephant trophies | TheHill

Meet the powerful group behind Trump’s judicial nominations | TheHill


The Trump administration has been filling judicial vacancies in rapid succession, with the majority of nominees having one thing in common: ties to the Federalist Society.

Groups on the left have accused the White House of outsourcing the nomination process to the Washington, D.C.-based group as it seeks to stack the courts with conservative judges.

The Federalist Society, which does not lobby for legislation, take policy positions or sponsor or endorse nominees and candidates for public service, is funded through grants, membership and donations.

Top donors include the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, David Koch and Koch Industries Inc., which each contributed $100,000 last year. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce contributed $500,000, according to the society’s 2016 annual report. Revenue and support totaled $26.75 million in 2016.

Source: Meet the powerful group behind Trump’s judicial nominations | TheHill

EW Puts Technology-Based Forces at Risk | SIGNAL Magazine

Potential adversaries have seen the advantage the United States has gained from technology, but they also recognize that the edge it gives us could be an Achilles’ heel. An effective EW capability gives our adversaries an avenue to detect, disrupt, degrade, deny or alter key networks and systems as well as their information, crippling vital command and control.

Information warfare is underpinned by networks, which often are empowered by the radio frequency (RF) spectrum. An enemy that employs an RF attack on those networks can have a substantial impact on the information flowing through them and, consequently, the mission.

Source: President’s Commentary: EW Puts Technology-Based Forces at Risk | SIGNAL Magazine

DISA Sees the Light on Li-Fi | SIGNAL Magazine


The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is touting the potential benefits of light fidelity (Li-Fi) technology, a form of wireless, light-based communications. Li-Fi is expected to be more resistant to electronic signature detectors and therefore, less susceptible to electronic warfare techniques.

Lt. Gen. Alan Lynn, USA, the DISA director, stressed the need for the technology during the agency’s November 6 forecast to industry.

He also emphasized the need for software-defined networking, which Gen. Lynn said is inexpensive and versatile. He described a scenario in which warfighters will be able to hop from one network to the next, similar to radios that hop from one frequency to another.

Software-defined networking also will allow warfighters to create an “all new type of international networking” for whichever allies or partners show up to a fight.

Source: DISA Sees the Light on Li-Fi | SIGNAL Magazine

Cyber Experts Sound the Alarm | SIGNAL Magazine


For Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone, USA, commanding general, U.S. Army Cyber Command, one important perspective “is that our adversaries are antagonists,” he said. “Their capabilities are ever increasing.”

At first it was exploitation of data, then disruption and after that destruction. Before it was attacks on networks or a series of networks, now it also is data and critical infrastructure and key resources.

“I think that we are starting to see the trailers [preview] of the future war,” Gen. Nakasone warned. Actors that the United States has not thought of, non-nation states, anonymous, proxy adversaries, will have an impact as antagonists against countries, the general predicted.

They are not only going after military networks, they are going after the economic might of that nation. “They are going after the key terrain that they know is fundamental to how a country operates.”

Source: Cyber Experts Sound the Alarm | SIGNAL Magazine