The Local Switzerland: Swiss army bans WhatsApp due to privacy concerns

The Local Switzerland: Swiss army bans WhatsApp due to privacy concerns. “Switzerland’s army has banned the use of WhatsApp whilst on duty, a spokesman confirmed Thursday, in favour of a Swiss messaging service deemed more secure in terms of data protection. The ban also applies to using other messaging apps like Signal and Telegram on soldiers’ private phones during service operations.”

CNN: Meta bans businesses run by Myanmar’s military from Facebook

CNN: Meta bans businesses run by Myanmar’s military from Facebook. “Meta, the owner of Facebook and Instagram, is further clamping down on content linked to Myanmar’s military amid pressure to step up safety controls in the country. The company announced Wednesday that it would ban military-controlled businesses from Facebook, wiping out their pages, groups and accounts.”

Defense One: Thousands of Sailors, Marines Remain Unvaccinated After Deadline

Defense One: Thousands of Sailors, Marines Remain Unvaccinated After Deadline. “As of Monday, 92 percent of Marines are fully vaccinated and 95 percent have at least one shot, leaving about 9,000 people without any vaccine immunity. The numbers for the Navy are 96.3 percent fully vaxxed, 97.2 percent partially vaxxed, leaving about 9,500 sailors with no vaccine immunity. Meanwhile, the Navy has lowered its official vaccination rate after discovering errors in their data.”

Syracuse University News: Syracuse University Libraries and IVMF Create Resource Library

Syracuse University News: Syracuse University Libraries and IVMF Create Resource Library. “The Digital Library Program at Syracuse University Libraries, the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) and the School of Information Studies (iSchool) are proud to launch the Center of Excellence Resource Library (COERL), a digital repository of IVMF research publications on entrepreneurship and selected external content. COERL is the first live site of what will eventually be a digital resource library for all IVMF research publications, collections and resources. Future iterations will include resources for veteran employment, higher education and community engagement, among other areas of interest.”

BetaNews: Defence Imagery is a new public image archive from the UK’s Ministry of Defence

BetaNews: Defence Imagery is a new public image archive from the UK’s Ministry of Defence . “If you’re looking for military images and videos, there’s a new resource which offers over 5,000 videos and 10,000 images from the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD). Created in conjunction with Norwegian software provider FotoWare, the new Defence Imagery site complies with the strict requirements laid out by the UK Government and makes it clear what you can and can’t do with any content you download.”

Association of the United States Army: Army Moves Closer To Fully Vaccinating The Force

Association of the United States Army: Army Moves Closer To Fully Vaccinating The Force. “The active Army is close to being fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, but less than half of the soldiers in the Army Reserve have been vaccinated because of the logistical challenges of reaching people who are ‘spread all over the country,’ Army Secretary Christine Wormuth said.”

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.”