December 1, 2015

DoD Budget Battle ’16 is On

miliary - foreign budget outlay -NS

The administration opened the DoD budget battle with Pentagon spending upped to a $534 billion baseline budget plus $51 billion to ongoing foreign wars.

Extreme Weather Tests JSF

FR35-B in ice - photo from Lockheed site

An F-35B from Pax Integrated Test Force withstood extreme weather testing in the climactic lab at Eglin Air Force Base, FL.

Lockheed Hits JSF Target


Despite an up and down year, Lockheed delivered 36 F-35s to the Pentagon, making its 2014 target and retaining its sterling investment reputation into the future.

Morning Coffee: Pentagon Cuts 8 JSFs

Photo Lockheed Martin

Sources report the Pentagon will cut 8 F-35s from the FY15 budget and the White House will seek a $36 billion DoD plus-up in the FY16. Budget expert calls out-year projections “fiction.”

Morning Coffee: Laser Weapons Improve

laser trap

The new generation of laser weapons are approaching the power and efficiency needed for active military use.

Morning Coffee: F-35C Passes Tailhook Tests


The Navy’s F-35C, the most likely JSF variant to be cut, passed 36 roll-in arrestment tests in January at Lakehurst.

Morning Coffee: DoD Exec Defends “Poseidon”

P-8A arrives at Pax River. U.S. Navy photo

A DoD acquisition executive responded this week to a negative report on the Navy’s Boeing P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

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.