September 30, 2014

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.

Upon the 11th Hour, 11th Day, 11th Month: Remember

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Brandyn Gaito, a team leader with 2nd Platoon, Company I, Battalion Landing Team 3/8, Regimental Combat Team 8, signals to team members in a poppy field during a security patrol from their patrol base in Helmand province's Green Zone, west of the Nahr-e Saraj canal, April 5. Elements of 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit deployed to Afghanistan to provide regional security in Helmand province in support of the International Security Assistance Force.
26th Marine Expeditionary Unit Public
Photo by Gunnery Sgt. Bryce Piper
Date Taken:04.05.2011
Location:NEAR COMBAT OUTPOST OUELLETTE, AF
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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.

Both Pilots Stable After Goshawk Crash

Goshawk

The training aircraft crashed upon an approach to Sherman Field at NAS:Pensacola at the end of a local-area, routine flight.

JSF Scrutinized; Red Tape Is Cut for Aircraft Exports

JSF factory web size

As the JSF undergoes increasing cost surveillance and accountability studies at home, the White House is making foreign weapon sales easier.

Triton Sensor Matures; Internet Reaches the Moon

MQ-4C Triton

It’s all about surveillance, cybersecurity and learning to thrive in a virtual world; the Navy is among the leaders.

Pentagon to Examine JSF Costs, Pessimistic about Budget Fix

F-35C JSF formation

Reeling with productivity losses from the shutdown and facing another sequestration hit, the Pentagon continues with plans to sell $10.8 billion in munitions to Persian Gulf allies.

Government Closes

Photo by Peter J. Hodson

Congress keeps working. So does the military. So do essential personnel. But otherwise, the federal government is closed.