Cyberspace operations culture change

 

Commentary by Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, Air Force Chief of Staff. 5/28/2009- WASHINGTON, D.C

Fellow Airmen,Computer chipset and electronic components

In executing our Air Force mission of fly, fight and win, our Airmen, civilians and contractors, knowingly or unknowingly, engage daily on the cyber battlefield. Computers and personal electronic devices connected to our networks can simultaneously be powerful tools and critical vulnerabilities. At times, our networks have been compromised by multiple means: Malware hidden in emails, virus-corrupted thumb drives, and media moved incorrectly between networks. We can prevent these events with due consideration and proper procedures, but in the past, we’ve regarded network protection and security as the « comm guy’s job, » and as a user inconvenience. This must no longer be the case.

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NASA finds out more water than expected on the moon

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Photo © Dominique Belasky

The argument that the moon is a dry, desolate place no longer holds water.

Secrets the moon has been holding, for perhaps billions of years, are now being revealed to the delight of scientists and space enthusiasts alike.

NASA today opened a new chapter in our understanding of the moon. Preliminary data from the Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, indicates that the mission successfully uncovered water during the Oct. 9, 2009 impacts into the permanently shadowed region of Cabeus cater near the moon’s south pole.

The impact created by the LCROSS Centaur upper stage rocket created a two-part plume of material from the bottom of the crater. The first part was a high angle plume of vapor and fine dust and the second a lower angle ejecta curtain of heavier material. This material has not seen sunlight in billions of years.

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2009 – USAF safest flying year

11/6/2009 – KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, New Mexico

Fiscal year 2009 was the safest flying year in the 62-year history of the Air Force with only 17 Class A mishaps.

According to William C. Redmond, Air Force Safety Center executive director, regarding destroyed aircraft specifically, the Air Force matched its safest year, (fiscal year 2006) with eight destroyed aircraft, down from 15 in fiscal year 2008.

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Rio de Janeiro/Galeão – Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport is to be all set for 2016 Olympic Games

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Brazil to privatize Rio airport to prepare for 2016 Olympics

11:05 04/10/2009 The international airport in Brazil’s largest city, Rio de Janeiro, which won the bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, will be privatized and modernized to prepare for the Olympics, the authorities said.>>

It is the first time a South American city has been awarded the Olympic Games organization. As the Rio airport is located on the Governador Island, the enhancement works might put the Galeo Brazilian Air Force station to some temporary inconvenience.

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USAF officials begin search for new tanker

Today, the department is announcing its acquisition strategy for a replacement aerial refueling tanker fleet for the aging KC-135 and KC-10 fleet, said William J. Lynn, deputy secretary of defense. He termed the search to be a « best value » competition, not one based solely on cost.

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