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The US Army Just Ordered Soldiers to Stop Using Drones from China’s DJI

August 4, 2017 The U.S. Army has ordered troops to stop using consumer drones made by Chinese manufacturer DJI, according to an Aug. 2 memo seen by Defense One and confirmed by two Army officials. “Cease all use, uninstall all DJI applications, remove all batteries/storage media from devices, and secure equipment for follow...

The US Army Just Ordered Soldiers to Stop Using Drones from China’s DJI

August 4, 2017 The U.S. Army has ordered troops to stop using consumer drones made by Chinese manufacturer DJI, according to an Aug. 2 memo seen by Defense One and confirmed by two Army officials. “Cease all use, uninstall all DJI applications, remove all batteries/storage media from devices, and secure equipment for follow...

US in ‘major’ Yemen op; Details on Australia plot; VCJCS talks mini-nukes; Seoul speeds up THAAD deployment; and just a bit more...

August 4, 2017 American and Emirati special forces have launched a “major operation” in south-central Yemen against fighters of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the UAE announced announced Thursday. A U.S. defense official told Fox News the Americans are acting in a supporting role for a multi-day “clearing operation” that involves Yemeni government...

Trump seeks new path in Afghanistan; Ousters at NSC; Navy railgun spurs power breakthrough; Wanted: planetary protection officer; and just a bit more...

August 3, 2017 The U.S. military is losing the war in Afghanistan. Is it time to replace the general in charge? NBC News reports President Trump “repeatedly suggested” that to Defense Secretary James Mattis and Joint Chiefs chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford in a tense, two-hour meeting in the Situation Room on July 19....

Deadly attacks in Afghanistan; Tillerson clarifies North Korea policy; From the boneyard to Air Force One; Army ups spider-silk spending; and just a bit more...

August 2, 2017 Attacks in Afghanistan kill nearly two dozen. The latest occurred this morning when a suicide bomber struck a NATO convoy near Kandahar City, in southern Afghanistan, injuring an unspecified number of troops, Resolute Support spokesman Lt. Damien E. Horvath said this morning. Witnesses told the Associated Press they watched helicopters...

North Korea tests sub-launch component; Turkey buys Russian anti-air missiles; More changes at State; 3 qs on consumer drones and security; and just a bit more...

August 1, 2017 The U.S. military detected “highly unusual” North Korean submarine activity on Sunday, CNN reported. What they believe they saw: evidence of an “ejection test” allegedly conducted “on land” at the Sinpo Naval Shipyard, on the country’s eastern coast. Such a test, CNN writes, “uses high pressure steam to propel a...

3 Questions: Consumer Drones & Security

July 31, 2017 Small drones aimed at the consumer market are forcing military and security agencies to rethink operations as surely as they are revolutionizing civilian industries. We investigated three questions about this evolving industry to tell you a little bit more about the future — and risks — of consumer drones.

DPRK’s 2nd ICBM launch; China unveils one of its own; Russia expels 755 US officials; WH rethinking Afghan plan; and just a bit more...

July 31, 2017 China has a new ICBM, and it made sure the world could see it on Beijing state TV Sunday, “marking the 90th anniversary of the founding of the force that is now known as the People's Liberation Army,” The Wall Street Journal reports. “It is the first time a parade...

Houthi missile misses Mecca; Iran launches rocket into space; Russia ejects US staff after sanctions bill; Fake cops buy $1.2m in Pentagon weapons; and just a bit more...

July 28, 2017 The Houthis in Yemen fired a missile near Mecca, Saudi Arabia, late last night. Agence France-Presse: “The missile was intercepted 69 kilometres (43 miles) south of the city in western Saudi Arabia, the coalition said in a statement, calling it ‘a desperate attempt by Shiite Huthi rebels to disrupt Hajj,’...

Trump’s transgender tweets draw opposition; USAF wants robots watching Twitter; Russia cuts 49-year deal to stay in Syria; Navy testing disposable microdrones; and just a bit more...

July 27, 2017 Can President Trump make his transgender ban stick? In three tweets, the commander in chief threw the Pentagon into a tizzy — and thousands of U.S. troops, their commanders, their units, and their families into doubt. “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United...