Morning Coffee: Kudos to the KMAX
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Vice Adm. David Architzel praises the performance of the KMAX unmanned helicopter during its Afghanistan deployment, according to Defense Tech.
Politico says sequestration would have dire effects on national security. Democrats rally against those other sequestration cuts, to social programs, according to Huffington Post. The Wall Street Journal opines that the only way to cut defense spending waste is through sequestration. Rep. Forbes says sequestration would cost 89,000 civilian DoD jobs, according to Defense News.
The Senate’s move to work on the cybersecurity bill means defense appropriations bill is not likely to be passed before the election, The Hill reports. Washington Technology says this is going to have to be one heck of a lame duck session after the election.
Timothy Gowen succeeds Capt. John Slaughter as head of NAVAIR’s Naval Aviation Center for Rotorcraft Advancement, Rotor & Wing reports.
AOL Defense does a roundup of the Navy’s next generation jammer program.
Lockheed seeks employee ideas to lower the cost of the Joint Strike Fighter, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The company plans to deliver 18 more F-35s this year, according to FlightGlobal.
Navy Secretary Mabus punches back at critics of the Navy’s biofuels program.
V-22 Ospreys remain grounded in Japan, according to DoD Buzz.
NAVAIR contracts: General Electric gets $8.2 million more to procure 1,068 T64 variable guide vane linkage improvement kits in support of the H-53 aircraft; and Northrop Grumman gets $7.8 million more for maintenance, manufacturing of parts, instrumentation and engineering support for the C-2, E-2, Advanced Hawkeye (E-2D), and applicable platforms associated with Airborne Early Warning equipment, rotor dome and vapor cycle system.
Washington Technology looks at the old debate – who’s cheaper, Feds or contractors?