Deal would avert another government shutdown, halve sequestration cuts for the current fiscal year and fund the government through October 2015. Pentagon spending cuts scheduled for January would be avoided while Defense spending is increased by $2 billion over last year.
Plans are for the F-35 to replace the F-18, but as important production dates approach the Navy and industry face tough and costly decisions based on projected completion dates that still look a bit iffy.
US military technology continues to advance and the whole world wants it. Meanwhile the US military budget crumbles.
The House completed work months ago, but Party quarreling in the Senate continues to hold up passage of the Pentagon spending bill. Senate leaders intend to reconsider the bill next week after returning from a two week hiatus.
No country will host the destruction of Syria’s most lethal chemical weapons, so the US is outfitting a commercial transport vessel to do the job at sea.
Despite escalating costs, the F-35 remains top priority to a military facing a shrinking pool of qualified engineers and a shrinking budget.
The 2014 defense bill must pass by Dec. 12 to avoid a $50 billion cut hitting the Pentagon mid-January.
Armstice Day approaches its 100th year of commemoration from the 1918 end of World War I as US involvement in Vietnam approaches its 50th anniversary in 2015.
The training aircraft crashed upon an approach to Sherman Field at NAS:Pensacola at the end of a local-area, routine flight.
As the JSF undergoes increasing cost surveillance and accountability studies at home, the White House is making foreign weapon sales easier.