July 24, 2014

MORNING COFFEE: COLA Cut May be Restored

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Congress may act this week to restore full cost-of-living adjustments for working-age retirees forcibly retired from the military for medical reasons. Restoration may be included in the omnibus spending bill.

Fire Scout ‘Hard Landing’ at Webster Field Investigated

Fire Scout at Pax

Initial damage estimate for Webster Field MQ-8B Fire Scout “hard landing” is at least $2 million.

APKWS Gets Real

APKWS image courtesy of BAE

Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II gets a maritime demonstration and laser switch upgrade.

BAMS Radar Begins Testing

The U.S. Navy completed the first flight of the Multi-Function Active Sensor (MFAS) radar system, the primary sensor on the MQ-4C Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Unmanned Aircraft System (BAMS), on Dec. 16 on a Northrop Grumman surrogate Gulfstream aircraft at a California test site. The MQ-4C BAMS program is on track to deliver initial operating capability to the fleet by fiscal 2015. (Photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman)

Multi-Function Active Sensor radar being tested in a Gulfstream jet.

Training Grounds for Drones

Fire Scout at Pax

Pax River needs to become a Center for UAV Integration.