November 28, 2014

Young Veterans Elected to Congress

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Congress will include the largest class of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans next year, although the overall number of veteran lawmakers continues to decline.

Navy to Update Maritime Strategy

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The Navy will release a new version of their global maritime strategy document to face new factors including China’s navy, cybersecurity and budget cuts.

Pentagon Addresses Climate Change

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A new DoD report states that climate change will affect the Pentagon’s ability to “defend the nation” and “poses immediate risks to US national security.”

Iraq Airstrikes Ineffectual

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Islamic fighters hide in urban areas to elude the airstrikes and are succeeding in taking new territory.

Navy May Cut Triton Buy

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The unmanned MQ-4C Triton aircraft’s improved reliability could lead the Navy to buy fewer of the UAVs than the 68 it now has on order.

Canada Wavering on F-35 Buy

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If Canada doesn’t join the F-35 JSF program it may negatively affect the long-term affordability of the F-35 for all participants.

O’Malley Vetoes Wind Farm Delay Bill

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Governor said the bill would send “a chilling message” to the clean-energy industry but Steny Hoyer and John Bohanan point to NAS Pax River impacts.

Construction Funds to Pax in ’15 Appropriations

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Maryland-based military construction projects including the Atlantic Test Range at NAS Patuxent River receive funding.

Morning Coffee: DoD Specifies Sequestration Cuts

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Continued personnel reductions across the military, 17 fewer F-35 Joint Strike Fighters and six fewer P-8A aircraft define the FY16 budget.

Morning Coffee: Triton is Ultimate Search Tool

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The Navy has the perfect search tool, the MQ-4C Triton drone, for looking for Malaysian Air Flight 370 but it is not yet operational.