Military February 27, 2019

Task & Purpose: This ISIS fighter made a technical out of a shopping cart; An Army vet killed himself after prison inmates allegedly targeted him in a sextortion scam; India, Pakistan claim to down each other’s jets amid their largest military escalation in decades and more ->
By Meaghan Mobbs: Dear Microsoft workers protesting the Army: Have you heard of PowerPoint?
Microsoft Office, alone, has done more to facilitate America’s use of military force than nearly any weapon system in our arsenal. The use of deadly force matters little if we cannot communicate when and for whom. If they were serious about change, they would demand Microsoft revoke its license agreement with our government.
By Patricia Kime: Purple Heart Recipients Will Move to Front of Line for VA Claims, Wilkie Says
The VA launched a new process for handling compensation claims appeals Feb. 19, with a goal of reducing the wait time for a final decision from three to seven years to roughly four months.
By Wyatt Olson: Infant Girl Dies at Unlicensed Day Care at Army Housing in Hawaii
“Here’s the thing,” Camario told the panel of Army officials at the town hall Monday. “You all constantly tell us — you all who are supposed to keep us safe — drill it into our heads that if you see something, say something. I did.

“That mantra is only effective if you all take care of those offenses before it gets to this point where we have a dead baby.”
Defense Officials Testify on Cyber Threats
Dana Deasy, the Defense Department’s chief information officer; Lisa Hershman, acting DOD chief management officer; and Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Dennis Crall, deputy principal cyber advisor for DOD, testify at a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee’s information technology, cybersecurity and information assurance subcommittee, Feb. 26, 2019.
Combatant Commanders Testify Before Senate
Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, and Air Force Gen. Terrance J. OíShaughnessy, commander of U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command, testify on their respective commands during a review by the Senate Armed Services Committee of the defense budget request for fiscal year 2020 and the Future Years Defense Program in Washington, Feb. 26, 2019.
Navy Officials Testify on Readiness
Navy Adm. Christopher W. Grady, U.S. Fleet Forces Command commander, and Navy Adm. John C. Aquilino, U.S. Pacific Fleet commander, testify at a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee’s readiness subcommittee on the Navy’s state of readiness and the effectiveness of its reforms, Feb. 26, 2019.