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.”

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.'”

Task & Purpose: Leaked Pentagon memo warns of ‘real possibility’ of COVID-19 resurgence, vaccine not coming until summer 2021

Task & Purpose: Leaked Pentagon memo warns of ‘real possibility’ of COVID-19 resurgence, vaccine not coming until summer 2021. “The Defense Department should prepare to operate in a “globally-persistent” novel coronavirus (COVID-19) environment without an effective vaccine until “at least the summer of 2021,” according to a draft Pentagon memo obtained by Task & Purpose. ‘We have a long path ahead, with the real possibility of a resurgence of COVID-19,’ reads the memo, authored for Secretary of Defense Mark Esper but not yet bearing his signature.”

US Department of Defense: Army Deploys Medical Task Forces to Help Hard-Hit Communities

US Department of Defense: Army Deploys Medical Task Forces to Help Hard-Hit Communities. “The Army has mobilized eight Urban Augmentation Medical Task Forces to the East Coast to support the coronavirus relief efforts and curb the spread of disease, senior Army leaders said.”

London Free Press: As infections balloon, coronavirus squeezes Europe’s armed forces

London Free Press: As infections balloon, coronavirus squeezes Europe’s armed forces. “Military forces across Europe have scaled back operations and imposed stricter rules on personnel to try to stem the spread of the coronavirus among staff who often live and work in close quarters, making them more vulnerable to infection.”

ArmyTimes: Flooded hotlines, cancelled leave and isolation hits soldiers amid coronavirus pandemic

ArmyTimes: Flooded hotlines, cancelled leave and isolation hits soldiers amid coronavirus pandemic. “Leave is cancelled, soldiers are quarantined, training is nixed and families are left in limbo as the Pentagon braces for the novel coronavirus. Though the measures are understandable — and even advisable — soldiers’ lives have been upended.”

Marine Corps Times: New Marine Corps guidance clarifies political activity allowed on social media

Marine Corps Times: New Marine Corps guidance clarifies political activity allowed on social media. “… the ease of social media politicking has created a gray area for members of the military who must navigate federal laws and military regulations that allow them a limited ability to participate in the political discourse while avoiding an actual or perceived official involvement by the Department of Defense. To help navigate this issue, the Marine Corps has released new guidance clarifying what Marines are and are not allowed to do when it comes to political activity on social media.”

The End Of Ownership, Military Edition: Even The US Military Can’t Fix Its Own Equipment Without Right To Repair Laws (Techdirt)

Techdirt: The End Of Ownership, Military Edition: Even The US Military Can’t Fix Its Own Equipment Without Right To Repair Laws. “This lack of a ‘right to repair’ is showing up in more and more places including, somewhat incredibly, the US military. The NY Times recently ran an op-ed from Capt. Elle Ekman, a logistics officer in the US Marine Corps., expressing her dismay at how the lack of right to repair laws is actually making it difficult to impossible for the US military to repair its own equipment.”

WABI: Maine Troop Greeters add online database for challenge coins

WABI: Maine Troop Greeters add online database for challenge coins. “More than 6,000 challenge coins line the wall at Bangor International Airport. It’s a collection that has been growing since 2003 as returning troops leave the tokens that represent their military unit. Now, it’s large enough that the greeters have added an online database to help people find specific coins.”

Times of India: Army warns officials against 150 fake social media profiles who target personnel for sensitive info

Times of India: Army warns officials against 150 fake social media profiles who target personnel for sensitive info. “The Army has cautioned its officials against 150 fake social media profiles that are being used by adversaries for honey trapping in order to extract sensitive information, sources said on Thursday.”

Military. com: Social Media OpSec Concerns Overstated, Army General Says

Military .com: Social Media OpSec Concerns Overstated, Army General Says. “A one-star general, an Army lieutenant, a popular cartoonist and the formerly anonymous administrator of a controversial community Facebook page walk onto a stage. It’s not the setup of an elaborate joke, but the foundation of a deeply nontraditional panel discussion at the Association of the United States Army’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C. And it came with some very nontraditional advice.”

The Navy’s newest recruiting strategy: YouTube influencers (Herald-Mail Media)

Herald-Mail Media: The Navy’s newest recruiting strategy: YouTube influencers. “William Osman appears thrilled that he’s about to perform an egg-drop experiment. The challenge is the same one that generations of students have done before: Engineer a way to stop an egg that’s dropped from a high elevation from obliterating on impact. But Osman is no student. And the location of this egg drop is anything but typical.”

New Delhi Times: Indian Army warns personnel of social media platforms

New Delhi Times: Indian Army warns personnel of social media platforms. “Issuing an advisory for the army personnel against the Pakistani spy agencies, making efforts to get information through the social media platforms, the Indian Army has warned its personnel and their families to avoid being active on WhatsApp, especially in large groups where there are unknown members.”

The Verge: The US Army has released its first audiobooks

The Verge: The US Army has released its first audiobooks. “The US Army wants its soldiers to begin listening to its training materials, which, surprisingly, has never been an option before. In recent weeks, the Training and Doctrine Command’s Combined Arms Doctrine Directorate (CADD) has released audiobook versions of a pair of training manuals for the first time as part of an experiment to see if it’s an effective medium to spread information to soldiers across the force.”