A Gunmen Killed a U.N. Peacekeeper in Sudan; Russia`s New Combat Robot; US DoD Wants To Oversee All

PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on July 17 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:

UN peacekeeper, 6 civilians killed in Sudan/South Sudan border area

Unknown gunmen killed a U.N. peacekeeper and six civilians in the disputed region of Abyei on the border between Sudan and South Sudan, the regional governor said on Wednesday, Reuters reported.

“Yesterday, unknown gunmen attacked the market of Amiet, North of Abyei,” said Kuol Alor Jok, governor of Abyei. He said one of the civilians who was killed was a child.

The United Nations said in a statement late on Tuesday that the peacekeepers had been conducting a routine patrol and came under attack by unknown assailants. One Ethiopian soldier was killed and another was wounded. It said five civilians died.

South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011, but the status of Abyei was not settled.

The region has seen violence between those who wish to join the south and those who wish to be part of the north. The United Nations has maintained a peacekeeping mission, the Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), in the area since 2011.

Jok said the attackers were believed to be northerners, but their identity was still not known.

Russia testing new combat engineering robot based on Syrian experience

A lightweight mine-clearing robot prototype is undergoing trials in Russia’s engineering troops, the Defense Ministry said on Wednesday, TASS reported.

The robot Scorpion is a follow-up of the Skarabei-class lightweight robotic system that was tested in a combat environment in Syria where Russian army engineers carried out mine-clearing operations in towns and districts liberated from terrorists.

“The engineering troops are testing the Scorpion lightweight ground-based robotic system. The system is designated to reconnoiter the terrain, sweep break-wire and pressure-action target sensors of anti-personnel landmines and improvised explosive devices, deliver mine-clearing charges weighing up to 25 kg and promptly gather video and audio information in hard-to-access and life-threatening areas,” the ministry said in a statement.

The robot is a four-wheeled platform weighing up to 20 kg. The robotic system features high mobility and maneuverability while moving across rugged terrain and in urban areas.

“The robot can develop a speed of 3.3 m/s and operate for up to four hours using in-built power supply. The Scorpion robot’s speed parameters and its 1,000 m control range capability allow sweeping break-wire target sensors of anti-personnel landmines and breaching anti-personnel minefields,” the ministry said.

New Digital Strategy: DoD Wants To Oversee All $46.4B In DoD IT

The new digital modernization strategy by the DoD CIO office checks all the buzzwords you would expect from a Defense Department vision document about the digital future: artificial intelligence, Blockchain, cloud, Big Data, identity management, agile software development and DevSecOps, quantum computing, software defined networking, zero trust, and the Internet of Things are all in there, Breaking Defense reported.

Beyond the laundry list, though, is a power shift away from the services and agencies. Now all oversight of DoD-wide IT systems is done by the DoD CIO office itself.

This covers an enormous amount of money and technology.

“As a snapshot,” the report says, “some of DoD’s IT statistics include a budget of more than $46.4 billion in fiscal year 2019 (emphasis added), roughly ten thousand operational systems, thousands of data centers, tens of thousands of servers, millions of computers and IT devices, and hundreds of thousands of commercial mobile devices.”

That new power is the result of congressionally approved changes that expanded DoD CIO powers under Title 10. These include the power to conduct annual certifications of all DoD budgets, effective Jan. 1, 2019.

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Source: TASS, Reuters
, Breaking Defense