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Army announces first ever female PowerPoint Ranger

FORT BENNING, Ga. — Capt. Lynnette Diogo made history this week when she became the Army’s first ever female PowerPoint Ranger. Diogo, a West Point graduate, is currently the Assistant S-3 for the 2-29th Infantry Battalion. Diogo managed to endure grueling hours and late nights crafting hundreds of PowerPoint slides for commanders’ update briefs, yearly training calendar briefs, CONOPS, and battalion training slides. In addition to learning basic soldier skills such as embedding photographs and graphs into slides, Diogo mastered such advanced tactics as establishing animations and timing slide transitions. “There were days I just wanted to quit because I ... Read more

The Reserve Forces: on call to protect the UK – Voices Of The Armed Forces

As part of the new COVID Support Force, Reservists have been mobilised to support public services Reservists give up their spare time to serve in the Reserve Forces, balancing their civilian life with a military career to ensure that should their country require them, they would be ready to serve as part of the military, such as in the current Coronavirus outbreak. Reservists from 7 SCOTS, a Scottish infantry unit, in training. The Reserve Forces make up approximately one sixth of our Armed Forces personnel and are integral to protecting the nation’s security at home and overseas, particularly providing capability ... Read more

Joe Biden Confirms One Name He’s Considering for Vice President: Michigan’s Governor

Former Vice President Joe Biden confirmed this week that he is considering Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to be his running mate if he is chosen as the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee. “She made the list in my mind two months ago,” Biden told MSNBC host Brian Williams on Tuesday. “There’s probably going to be a list, I’m in the process of, Brian, we’ll have it by mid-April, putting together an organization that will run the background checks … by the second or third week in April. “I’ve thought about some of the women who I believe are ready to ... Read more

Thursday, April 2nd 2020 – Memories of a Pandemic

Worldwide confirmed cases: 930,819 (+.%) Worldwide confirmed Deaths: 46,782 (+11.3%) Rafael Gómez Nieto, a veteran of the Spanish civil war, a recipient of the Légion d’Honneur and the last survivor of La Nueve, the company of Spanish troops led by French captain Raymond Dronne that helped free France and Paris from the Nazis in August of 1944, died yesterday in Strasbourg of coronavirus. The role La Nueve played in the liberation of France had been ignored until recent times. The few survivors had to wait until August 2004, the same month and year I emigrated from Colombia to France, and ... Read more

The Other Way Our Cities Will Suffer: The Politics Daily

It’s Wednesday, April 1. Nevada and Florida announced stay-at-home guidelines today, with the White House now projecting anywhere from 100,000 to 240,000 deaths from COVID-19 in the U.S., even with social distancing and mitigation efforts. In today’s newsletter: How American cities will suffer, even with a $2-trillion dollar federal relief plan. Plus: Why everyone is confused about the effectiveness of wearing face masks outside. * « TODAY IN POLITICS » (Getty Images / The Atlantic) How will cities avoid bankruptcy? Major cities such as New Orleans, New York, and Los Angeles are already stretched thin to mitigate the COVID-19 public ... Read more

In about-turn, Catalonia seeks Spanish military help for coronavirus

FILE PHOTO: Women wear protective face masks as they walk through an empty Plaza de Catalunya (Catalonia Square), amidst concerns over coronavirus outbreak, in Barcelona, Spain March 14, 2020. REUTERS/Nacho Doce/File Photo BARCELONA (Reuters) – The separatist government of Spain’s Catalonia region abandoned its initial reluctance and asked the national military on Thursday for assistance in tackling the coronavirus. Spain has the world’s second highest death toll after Italy, and Catalonia is its second worst-hit region with 2,093 deaths and 21,804 cases recorded and 1,855 people in intensive care. Last month, an official of the Catalonia government, whose independence quest ... Read more

Wavering Trump voters lean left on climate, study shows

Most of the people who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 tell pollsters they’re firmly backing his reelection this fall. But elections are won by margins. And the relatively small number of Trump voters — about 10 percent, according to the Cooperative Congressional Election Survey — who say they’re at least considering casting a vote for the Democratic nominee are a critical slice of the population to understand. And a new study, provided to Vox by Tufts University political scientists Brian Schaffner and Laurel Bliss and Data for Progress executive director Sean McElwee, argues that climate change could be the ... Read more

U.S. Army intelligence-gathering aircraft spotted near Russian border – Defence Blog

The U.S. Army’s Army’s premiere airborne SIGINT-collection and precision targeting location system was spotted in Lithuania, near the border with Russia. Scramble Magazine reported that two U.S. Army Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) platform hosted on a fixed-wing King Air B200 aircraft, designated RC-12X, are residing at Lithuanian Air Force base located near Siauliai. “Having initially arrived at the end of December 2019 as “GREY 11” and “GREY 33″, both Guardrails are now conducting Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) flights on a daily basis from Šiauliai towards the Russian Kaliningrad exclave,” posted the Scramble Magazine. Currently, the U.S. Army operates a fleet ... Read more

Fighting Coronavirus: A New Infection Alarm System on Your Smartphone

In the debate over the deployment of digital technologies to help combat the spread of novel coronavirus, a new European approach has been developed in the hopes of diffusing fears of far-reaching surveillance via so-called “tracking apps.” In recent weeks, a team of around 130 people from 17 institutes, organizations and companies in Europe has developed a technology that is intended as an alternative to the tracking technologies used in some countries in Asia. These technologies are sometimes applied against the will of users and some of them can enable other users to identify those who have become infected with ... Read more

Moscow rolls out mobile tech to enforce virus lockdown

Moscow is rolling out a mobile phone app and scannable bar codes to check whether people are adhering to strict isolation rules during lockdown, an official said Wednesday. The city authorities in the Russian capital have ordered Muscovites to stay at home and closed all non-essential businesses as part of measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The app, due online Thursday, will “ensure self-discipline”, said Eduard Lysenko, the head of Moscow city hall’s information technology department. Users’ personal data would remain secure, he added. The technology is a test version designed to monitor coronavirus patients ordered to stay ... Read more