March 31, 2015

Morning Coffee: Navy Cryptologist Likely to Lead NSA

VADM Michael Rogers

VADM Michael S. Rogers has long been seen as a likely candidate to lead NSA and the Pentagon’s cyberwarfare organization.

Morning Coffee: Blue Angels Open 20+ Billets

blue angels

The Blue Angels remain a revered public face of naval aviation, which alone among the services continues the F-35 cost debate even as developing future air warfare strategies.

Budget Delivers a Merry Christmas to Contractors

capitol hill winter

The bi-partisan budget bill on its way toward final approval makes big winners of big defense contractors, especially in aerospace and arms. Investors can expect a happy new year.

Pentagon Avoids Immediate Cuts

capitol snow

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.

Super Hornet Praised, But Boeing Has No Orders

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.

UAS Launches from Sub, Budgets Keep Shrinking

(Photo: NAVSEA-AUTEC)

US military technology continues to advance and the whole world wants it. Meanwhile the US military budget crumbles.

Boehner to Senate: Pass Defense Budget Bills

John Boehner

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.

Chemical Weapons Ship Making Ready in Norfolk

MV Cape Ray; Photo from US Maritime Administration

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.

The F-35 Boosts Into the Social Media

F-35C JSF formation

Despite escalating costs, the F-35 remains top priority to a military facing a shrinking pool of qualified engineers and a shrinking budget.

Hill Debates FY14 Defense Budget

Pentagon Capitol

The 2014 defense bill must pass by Dec. 12 to avoid a $50 billion cut hitting the Pentagon mid-January.