A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265, lands aboard the Military Sealift Command ship USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE-2) off the coast of Subic Bay on 6 April. This first-ever flight operation during Exercise Balikatan 2013 tested the capability of Maritime Prepositioning Force ships to quickly move cargo and personnel ashore via air transport. Balikatan is an annual Republic of the Philippines-U.S. military bilateral training exercise and humanitarian assistance engagement that took place from 5-17 April.
A few weeks ago it was reported that significant hacking activity had been traced to a particular building in Shanghai, and to the obscure unit of the Chinese military that occupies it. Most news accounts stressed that long-standing suspicions of Chinese official cyber assault had now been confirmed. At about the same time it was reported that the National Security Agency (NSA), which is responsible for electronic intelligence (and its cousin, the integrity of U.S. electronic systems) was to assist major U.S. companies under electronic attack by foreign entities. That was a dramatic departure from previous NSA practice.
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