EXPLAINER: Why is Facebook banning Myanmar military pages? (AP)

AP: EXPLAINER: Why is Facebook banning Myanmar military pages?. “Facebook announced Thursday that it is removing all remaining Myanmar military and military-controlled pages from its site and from Instagram, which it also owns. It said it will also block advertising from military-linked businesses. The decision follows a Feb. 1 coup in which the military removed elected leaders from power and jailed others.”

FedTech: Air Force, Google Strike Agreement to Modernize Flight Training

FedTech: Air Force, Google Strike Agreement to Modernize Flight Training. “The Air Force has invested in virtual reality platforms in recent years to train pilots, and now is taking another leap forward in how it uses technology to prepare airmen to fly in actual, multimillion-dollar aircraft. In December, the Air Force, along with the Defense Department’s Defense Innovation Unit, announced an agreement with Google Cloud to modernize aspects of flight training via the use of cloud-based tools.”

AI Copilot: Air Force achieves first military flight with artificial intelligence (US Air Force)

US Air Force: AI Copilot: Air Force achieves first military flight with artificial intelligence. “Signaling a major leap forward for national defense in the digital age, the Air Force flew with artificial intelligence as a working aircrew member onboard a military aircraft for the first time Dec. 15. The AI algorithm, known as ARTUµ, flew with the pilot, U.S. Air Force Maj. ‘Vudu’, on a U-2 Dragon Lady assigned to the 9th Reconnaissance Wing at Beale Air Force Base.”

US Army: AR dog goggles could help protect Soldiers

US Army: AR dog goggles could help protect Soldiers. “Through a project funded by the Small Business Innovation Research program and managed by the Army Research Office, an element of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory, a new technology has been developed by Command Sight, Inc., to provide military working dogs with augmented reality goggles that allow a dog’s handler to give it specific directional commands while keeping the warfighter remote and out of sight.”

Associated Press: At military academies, COVID-19 is the enemy to be defeated

Associated Press: At military academies, COVID-19 is the enemy to be defeated. “Under the siege of the coronavirus pandemic, classes have begun at the Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. But unlike at many colleges around the country, most students are on campus and many will attend classes in person. This is largely due to advantages the military schools have. They’re small, each with about 4,500 students who know that joining the military means they’re subject to more control and expected to follow orders. Their military leaders, meanwhile, are treating the virus like an enemy that must be detected, deterred and defeated.”

Stars and Stripes: Arlington National Cemetery gravesites will reopen to the public this week

Stars and Stripes: Arlington National Cemetery gravesites will reopen to the public this week. “Starting Wednesday, visitors will be allowed to enter the cemetery to visit gravesites. The cemetery closed in March in response to the coronavirus pandemic. For six months, only funeral attendees and family pass holders were allowed entry. Now, the cemetery will be open to the public every day from 8 a.m. to noon.”

Military Times: ‘Thirst-trap’ posts on TikTok raise questions about military social media policies

Military Times: ‘Thirst-trap’ posts on TikTok raise questions about military social media policies. “A few weeks back, a TikTok post of two female soldiers dancing to Cardi B’s ‘WAP’ made the rounds on Twitter, prompting heated discussions about everything from issues on moonlighting and poor conduct to misogyny and sexism. But these two soldiers were just a few of many — men and women — accused of posting ‘thirst trap’ videos to TikTok. For those who aren’t aware, Urban Dictionary defines ‘thirst trap’ as ‘a sexy photograph or flirty message posted on social media for the intent of causing others to publicly profess their attraction. This is done not to actually respond or satisfy any of this attraction, but to feed the posters ego or need for attention.’”

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.”

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.”

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.”