What’s the benefit of Israel hosting Blue Flag?

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[ad_1] The airspace around Israel is challenging, particularly with Russian air defenses in neighboring Syria. But the situation has served as a test bed for Israel’s multilayered air defense. Joint exercises like Blue Flag are not only about defense, diplomacy and cooperation between foreign countries. For Israel, there’s the added value of showcasing its force amid a threat from Iran. The use of F-35s in combined operations on the same… Read More »What’s the benefit of Israel hosting Blue Flag?

Tech Data launches cyber range to fight simulated threats

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[ad_1] Tech Data has opened a cyber range in Tempe, Arizona, to provide an environment for testing security technologies and training to prevent, detect and respond to simulated cyberthreats, the company said in a Wednesday news release. The company said the facility was built in response to a growing sense of urgency for cybersecurity threat preparedness. According to Cybersecurity Ventures, 3.5 million cybersecurity positions will be unfilled by 2021, and… Read More »Tech Data launches cyber range to fight simulated threats

An entrepreneurial space race could benefit Space Command

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[ad_1] Officials at the newly re-established U.S. Space Command are structuring the organization to take better advantage of commercial space innovations, said Maj. Gen. Stephen Whiting, one of the command’s leaders. The Combined Force Space Component Command, which plans space operations, has been working on creating so called “combat development divisions” to seek out and integrate new commercial technologies. Two weeks ago, U.S. Space Command dedicated a full-time position at… Read More »An entrepreneurial space race could benefit Space Command

Here’s who will build the Army’s heavy common robot

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[ad_1] WASHINGTON — The Army has chosen FLIR’s Kobra robot to serve as its heavy version of the Common Robotic System that will be used for explosive ordnance disposal and other heavy-duty jobs. The production contract will run for a period of five years and could be worth up to $109 million. The Army wanted its Common Robotic System-Heavy (CRS-H) to weigh up to 700 pounds and to carry a… Read More »Here’s who will build the Army’s heavy common robot

One way for the Pentagon to prove it’s serious about artificial intelligence

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[ad_1] Department of Defense officials routinely talk about the need to more fully embrace machine learning and artificial intelligence, but one leader in the Marine Corps said those efforts are falling short. “We’re not serious about AI. If we were serious about AI we would put all of our stuff into one location,” Lt. Gen. Eric Smith, commander of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command and the Deputy Commandant for… Read More »One way for the Pentagon to prove it’s serious about artificial intelligence

Israeli exercise Blue Flag tests air defense suppression with allied forces

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[ad_1] OVDA AIR FORCE BASE, Israel — Israeli F-35 fighter jets practiced with fourth- and fifth-generation aircraft from four other countries over a multi-week period, amid a warning that Israel faces fragile fronts in Gaza and that war could be on the horizon. Blue Flag is a biennial exercise that this year took place at Ovda Air Force Base, southern Israel, and saw drills involving low-altitude flights and the suppression… Read More »Israeli exercise Blue Flag tests air defense suppression with allied forces

US senator seeks foreign policy reset and sees ‘clear and present danger’ from China

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[ad_1] WASHINGTON ― Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., is known for personal crusades against big tech companies like Google and Facebook, and also what he’s called “a martial, expansionist” China. A former Missouri attorney general, Hawley unseated Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill last year to become, at 39, the Senate’s youngest member. Now a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Hawley wrote to Defense Secretary Mark Esper last month to warn… Read More »US senator seeks foreign policy reset and sees ‘clear and present danger’ from China

How can Saudi Arabia secure its airspace? Here’s what the kingdom could do, and is already up to

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[ad_1] BEIRUT — Nearly two months have passed since the attack on Saudi Arabia’s Abqaiq and Khurais oil facilities by drone swarms and low-altitude cruise missiles. The air defense systems at the Aramco-run facilities were unable to stop the Sept. 14 assault from the north, despite the mix of long-, medium- and short-range platforms. Now, the kingdom’s air defenses are undergoing a realignment to provide a “360-degree air defense umbrella… Read More »How can Saudi Arabia secure its airspace? Here’s what the kingdom could do, and is already up to

China’s Space Silk Road could pose a challenge to the US

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[ad_1] China’s wants to replace the United States as the dominant power in space, a new report warned, and to hold onto this position the Pentagon should consider having the Space Force protect freedom of navigation and communications in space. The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission called out China’s aim to replace the United States as the premier power in space in its annual report released Nov. 14. “China’s… Read More »China’s Space Silk Road could pose a challenge to the US