News by Professionals 4 Professionals

Hawaii

Reference Library – USA – Hawaii

UA grad to probe collision for Navy

A Little Rock native and graduate of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, will lead the U.S. Navy’s investigation into the June 17 collision of a Philippine-flagged container ship with the USS Fitzgerald, which resulted in the deaths of seven sailors. The Navy named Rear Adm. Brian Fort as the lead investigator Friday. Fort is commander of Navy Region Hawaii and commander of Naval Surface Group Middle Atlantic. Fort graduated from Little Rock Catholic High School in 1985 and the UA in 1989, receiving a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.

He earned a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College, according to a biography of him at navy.mil. Fort is also a graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College. The collision occurred on a clear night about 64 miles southwest of Yokosuka, Japan, when the ACX Crystal crashed nose-first into the Fitzgerald’s right side, according to the Navy. The 29,060-ton ACX Crystal is about four times the size of the Fitzgerald, which is a guided-missile destroyer. The Fitzgerald suffered severe damage, including a large puncture below the ship’s waterline, opening the hull to the sea, according to a news release. The collision caused rapid flooding of three compartments that included two berthing areas for 116 of the 300 crew members on the ship.

Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet, which is based in Japan, held a news conference Sunday saying there may be several investigations of the collision. Fort is leading what is known as the Manual of the Judge Advocate General investigation.

“The U.S. Coast Guard is to take the lead on the marine casualty investigation,” Aucoin said. “We recognize that there are other organizations who have equities in this incident, and we expect they will conduct their own separate investigations. … I will not speculate on how long these investigations will last.”

According to a news article from the U.S. Naval Institute, Fort’s job will be to guide investigators who are collecting data from the ship, interview the crew and evaluate other details. Fort’s past assignments include command of the Norfolk, Va.-based USS Gonzalez, command of Destroyer Squadron 26 — serving as the sea combat commander for the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group — and command of the Navy Nuclear Power Training Unit at Ballston Spa, N.Y. He also served as executive officer of the Navy Nuclear Power Training Unit in Charleston, S.C., as the Navy Federal Executive Fellow at the George Washington University Elliot School of International Affairs.

Fort graduated in 1981 from Our Lady of the Holy Souls Catholic School in Little Rock, which has pupils from preschool through eighth grade. According to a post on the school’s Facebook page, Fort is married to the former Kelli Laine Simpson, who is a 1986 graduate of Mount Saint Mary Academy in Little Rock and a 1990 graduate of the UA, Fayetteville, with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. They have two daughters. Madison is a graduate of Texas A&M University, and Olivia is a student at Virginia Tech University, according to the post.

Metro on 06/24/2017

Joint Base Cape Cod Becomes Cyber Battlefield

Over the course of four days earlier this month, two teams comprising a mix of National Guardsmen and civilian experts worked in front of computer screens, one trying to preserve New England s digital infrastructure, the other disrupting it. The scenario playing out at Joint Base Cape Cod was straightforward: Boston, having won the opportunity to host an event on par with the Olympics, was now a target. Everyone from hacktivists to well-trained and well-financed agents of foreign governments was hellbent on proving Beantown couldn t handle the limelight. Disruptions could range from defacing websites to shutting down power grids.

Known as exercise Cyber Yankee, the simulation partnered National Guard cyber network defense teams from across New England with local players think utility companies and local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to prepare for a real-world situation that, to date, has not occurred in Massachusetts. Military officials describe cyberspace as the fifth domain of warfare, joining land, sea, air and space as a potential battleground. Fighting in this increasingly important realm may not look on its face like combat, but participants in Cyber Yankee regularly made comparisons to traditional concepts. Denial of service attacks, which effectively take down servers, might be a feint while a more serious offensive takes place, for example. And if malicious hackers succeed, consequences could occur in the physical world that the National Guard may be deployed to assist in handling.

Every disaster, every incident, does have a cyber component, said Lieutenant Colonel Woody Groton of the New Hampshire Army National Guard. Cyber is operations… It s not just the IT geeks in the corner anymore.

Military leaders point out the National Guard s advantages in tackling cyber threats. Because it can respond to local emergencies unlike active-duty units its experts can work alongside and in support of private businesses and organizations in weathering a cyber attack. And since most of its members have full-time, civilian jobs, the National Guard can fill the ranks of its digital teams with experts from the private sector, like Lieutenant Colonel Alan J. White, who is employed with Dell SecureWorks when he is not donning his uniform and participating in exercises like Cyber Yankee.

These are citizen soldiers, Lt. Col. Groton said. The National Guard brings a lot of capabilities to bear. [Col. White s] counterpart on active duty doesn t have this level of expertise. Joint Base Cape Cod serves as what military personnel call a schoolhouse for cyber warfare, said Major Glen Kernusky. Members of the armed forces from as far away as Hawaii come to the training facility to sharpen their skills, he said.

Major General Gary W. Keefe, adjutant general of the Massachusetts National Guard, said New England leads the way in cyber warfare. It is partially because of the close ties between the region s state governments, he said.

But the area also enjoys a booming technology industry, which presents a double-edged sword to military strategists. On one hand, the region is home to some of the best minds in the field, hailing from its many universities and tech companies. On the other, that concentration of digital assets makes it potentially tempting to bad actors.

It s specifically Massachusetts, in that the Boston area would be a target area, Maj. Gen. Keefe said. When it comes to cyber security, we need more forums like this.

20-year-old facing multiple charges after Mililani crime spree

  • Seminole chief to help other tribes grow legal weed[1]

    Seminole chief to help other tribes grow legal weed[2]

    An ex-chief of the Seminole Tribe, with a legendary history of wrangling regulators as he pioneered the casino industry on tribal lands, plans to help other Native American groups grow and sell tax-free marijuana…

    An ex-chief of the Seminole Tribe, with a legendary history of wrangling regulators as he pioneered the casino industry on tribal lands, plans to help other Native American groups grow and sell tax-free marijuana in states…

  • US emphasizes shared concerns over North Korea after China meeting[3]

    US emphasizes shared concerns over North Korea after China meeting[4]

    Two top Trump administration officials insisted Wednesday that the United States and China share a common understanding about the threat posed by North Korea, one day after President Donald Trump tweeted that a…

    Two top Trump administration officials insisted Wednesday that the United States and China share a common understanding about the threat posed by North Korea, one day after President Donald Trump tweeted that a Chinese…

  • 5 Things for Thursday, June 22: Senate health bill, Flint attack, Cindy landfall[5]

    5 Things for Thursday, June 22: Senate health bill, Flint attack, Cindy landfall[6]

    Need another reason to be worried about climate change? It’s screwing up coffee. Here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered…

    Need another reason to be worried about climate change? It’s screwing up coffee. Here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your…

  • Police officer stabbed at Michigan airport[7]

    Police officer stabbed at Michigan airport[8]

    A police officer was stabbed Wednesday at a Flint, Michigan airport, and passengers were evacuated, according to authorities.

    A police officer was stabbed Wednesday at a Flint, Michigan airport, and passengers were evacuated, according to authorities.

  • Car bomb kills 25 people outside Afghanistan bank[9]

    Car bomb kills 25 people outside Afghanistan bank[10]

    At least 25 people were killed Thursday in a car bomb attack outside a bank in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province, officials said.

    At least 25 people were killed Thursday in a car bomb attack outside a bank in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province, officials said.

  • Tropical Storm Cindy makes landfall in Louisiana[11]

    Tropical Storm Cindy makes landfall in Louisiana[12]

    Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall Thursday in southwestern Louisiana, bringing heavy rain and gusty winds to the already soaked US Gulf Coast.

    Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall Thursday in southwestern Louisiana, bringing heavy rain and gusty winds to the already soaked US Gulf Coast.

  • Grenfell Tower blaze: Other London high-rises ‘combustible’[13]

    Grenfell Tower blaze: Other London high-rises ‘combustible’[14]

    Initial tests on cladding in a number of tower blocks in London have come back as combustible, British Prime Minister Theresa May told the House of Commons Thursday during a statement about last week’s fatal…

    Initial tests on cladding in a number of tower blocks in London have come back as combustible, British Prime Minister Theresa May told the House of Commons Thursday during a statement about last week’s fatal Grenfell Tower…

  • Intel chiefs tell investigators Trump suggested they refute collusion with Russians[15]

    Intel chiefs tell investigators Trump suggested they refute collusion with Russians[16]

    Two of the nation’s top intelligence officials told Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team and Senate investigators, in separate meetings last week, that President Donald Trump suggested they say publicly there was…

    Two of the nation’s top intelligence officials told Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team and Senate investigators, in separate meetings last week, that President Donald Trump suggested they say publicly there was no…

  • References

    1. ^ Seminole chief to help other tribes grow legal weed (www.kitv.com)
    2. ^ Seminole chief to help other tribes grow legal weed (www.kitv.com)
    3. ^ US emphasizes shared concerns over North Korea after China meeting (www.kitv.com)
    4. ^ US emphasizes shared concerns over North Korea after China meeting (www.kitv.com)
    5. ^ 5 Things for Thursday, June 22: Senate health bill, Flint attack, Cindy landfall (www.kitv.com)
    6. ^ 5 Things for Thursday, June 22: Senate health bill, Flint attack, Cindy landfall (www.kitv.com)
    7. ^ Police officer stabbed at Michigan airport (www.kitv.com)
    8. ^ Police officer stabbed at Michigan airport (www.kitv.com)
    9. ^ Car bomb kills 25 people outside Afghanistan bank (www.kitv.com)
    10. ^ Car bomb kills 25 people outside Afghanistan bank (www.kitv.com)
    11. ^ Tropical Storm Cindy makes landfall in Louisiana (www.kitv.com)
    12. ^ Tropical Storm Cindy makes landfall in Louisiana (www.kitv.com)
    13. ^ Grenfell Tower blaze: Other London high-rises ‘combustible’ (www.kitv.com)
    14. ^ Grenfell Tower blaze: Other London high-rises ‘combustible’ (www.kitv.com)
    15. ^ Intel chiefs tell investigators Trump suggested they refute collusion with Russians (www.kitv.com)
    16. ^ Intel chiefs tell investigators Trump suggested they refute collusion with Russians (www.kitv.com)
    1 2 3 660