Bloomberg Government: Pandemic Is Changing the Military, From Boot Camp to Office Work

Bloomberg Government: Pandemic Is Changing the Military, From Boot Camp to Office Work. “The U.S. military is finding its footing and changing how it operates as cases of the coronavirus keep rising. The services have been forced to continue widespread use of quarantines and to rethink future training, deploying, and day-to-day work. The virus curve has shot up from 10,462 cumulative cases in early June to 37,824 total cases by late July, according to the Defense Department. The figure includes more than 14,300 current infections among active-duty troops, as well as total cases reported among civilian workers, dependents and contractors since the pandemic began.”

Purdue University: Augmented reality tool shown to help surgeons remotely guide first responders in battlefield-like scenarios

Purdue University: Augmented reality tool shown to help surgeons remotely guide first responders in battlefield-like scenarios. “A Purdue University-led study is the first to show medics successfully performing surgery in life-like simulations of these war zones by receiving guidance from surgeons through an augmented reality headset. The work is joint with Purdue’s School of Industrial Engineering and the Department of Computer Science.”

Stars and Stripes: Senate passes defense bill without funding for Stars and Stripes

Stars and Stripes: Senate passes defense bill without funding for Stars and Stripes. “Funding for Stars and Stripes was not included in the Senate’s version of the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act passed Thursday, setting up deliberations with House members about the future of the news organization. The Senate’s version of the NDAA, which passed 86-14, contains no language reversing the Pentagon’s February request to strip the roughly $15.5 million annual subsidy that the editorially independent news organization receives.”

The Guardian: Okinawa demands answers from US after 61 marines contract coronavirus

The Guardian: Okinawa demands answers from US after 61 marines contract coronavirus. “The governor of Okinawa island in Japan has demanded that a United States military commander take tougher prevention measures and have more transparency after officials were told more than 60 marines at two bases have been infected with the coronavirus over the past few days.”

Security Magazine: FTC launches new online tool for exploring military consumer data

Security Magazine: FTC launches new online tool for exploring military consumer data. “The Federal Trade Commission launched a new tool that explores data about problems military consumers may experience in the marketplace. For the first time, data about reports the FTC has received from active duty service members and veterans will be available online in an interactive dashboard.”

LiveMint (India): Army expands list of social media apps banned for use among personnel

LiveMint (India): Army expands list of social media apps banned for use among personnel . “The Indian Army has expanded the list of social media apps, many with China origin, banned for use among its million plus strong personnel. Besides the 59 Chinese apps that have been banned across the country, the Army has prohibited the use of video and live streaming apps, including Zoom and Vmate, gaming apps like PUBG besides some e-commerce, news, music and anti-virus apps.”

Coronavirus: Navy, CDC study on infected aircraft carrier provides glimmer of hope for immunity (San Francisco Chronicle)

San Francisco Chronicle: Coronavirus: Navy, CDC study on infected aircraft carrier provides glimmer of hope for immunity. “A study of sailors aboard an aircraft carrier stricken by a COVID-19 outbreak offers new insights into what could make people immune to the coronavirus and the effectiveness of social distancing measures, U.S. Navy and federal health officials said Tuesday.”

HOPSEC: Beer rating app could pose a military security threat (Stars and Stripes)

Stars and Stripes: HOPSEC: Beer rating app could pose a military security threat. “Tapping into a beer rating app allowed researchers to track military and intelligence personnel, including some who checked in at a military base that hosts a CIA training facility known as ‘the farm.’ Users of Untappd, a smartphone app for beer lovers, also posted photos that showed debit cards, military ID cards, locations of fighter jets and possibly sensitive military documents, the open-source research and investigative journalism group Bellingcat reported Monday.”

Exclusive: U.S. Navy Test Shows 60 Percent of Carrier Crew Have Coronavirus Antibodies (New York Times)

New York Times: Exclusive: U.S. Navy Test Shows 60 Percent of Carrier Crew Have Coronavirus Antibodies. “A U.S. Navy investigation into the spread of the coronavirus aboard the Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier has found that about 60 percent of sailors tested had antibodies for the virus, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Monday, suggesting a far higher infection rate than previously known.”

ABC News: Because of COVID-19 pandemic Navy to start ‘safe haven’ ports of call for its ships

ABC News: Because of COVID-19 pandemic Navy to start ‘safe haven’ ports of call for its ships. “As the USS Theodore Roosevelt left Guam on Thursday to resume a deployment interrupted for more than two months by an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, it headed out to sea enforcing health and safety practices that will now become standard for the foreseeable future on U.S. Navy ships. And in an effort to keep a ‘COVID-free bubble’ for its sailors at sea during the pandemic, the Navy will only allow ports of call at a select number of Navy bases around the world that will serve as ‘safe havens.'”

Tennessee State Library and Archives: Kinsall Collection Now Available on TeVA

Tennessee State Library and Archives: Kinsall Collection Now Available on TeVA. “The Lt. Col. J.Y. Kinsall Collection is now available to view online. This collection centered around Lt. Col. J.Y. Kinsall, a World War II and Korean War veteran. During his military career, Kinsall cultivated a passion for photography. Most of the photos and slides in this collection document his personal and military life during the Korean War. He took pictures of his family living in Japan, landscapes in South Korea, and photos of everyday life in Morocco.”

‘Hard stop’: States could lose National Guard virus workers (Politico)

Politico: ‘Hard stop’: States could lose National Guard virus workers. “More than 40,000 National Guard members currently helping states test residents for the coronavirus and trace the spread of infections will face a ‘hard stop’ on their deployments on June 24 — just one day shy of many members becoming eligible for key federal benefits, according to a senior FEMA official.”

Marine Corps Times: Dozens test positive for COVID-19 at San Diego boot camp

Marine Corps Times: Dozens test positive for COVID-19 at San Diego boot camp. “Nearly four dozen recruits within Bravo company aboard the recruit depot in San Diego, California, have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a Marine official. Training at the depot has not been halted and there is no current pause in receiving incoming new recruits, the official said.”

Reuters: U.S. warship heads to port after coronavirus outbreak

Reuters: U.S. warship heads to port after coronavirus outbreak. ” At least 18 sailors aboard a U.S. Navy destroyer have tested positive for the new coronavirus, U.S. officials said on Friday, dealing another blow to the military as it faces fallout over its handling of an outbreak on an aircraft carrier last month.”

Task & Purpose: Here are all the financial resources for troops and veterans hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic

Task & Purpose: Here are all the financial resources for troops and veterans hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic. “As the public health crisis posed by COVID-19 worsens, many Americans across the country are experiencing significant financial shock. Servicemembers, veterans, and military families are no exception. Although veterans will continue to receive their benefits and active-duty servicemembers will continue to receive their pay, some military personnel and their families are facing financial strain due to lost employment or changes in military orders. If you need financial assistance as a result of the pandemic, there is help.”