September 19, 2014

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Venlet Admits Miscalculation

two Marine Corps variants of the F-35B Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter, are secured on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) during sea trials. The F-35B is capable of short takeoffs and vertical landings for use on amphibious ships or expeditionary airfields to provide air power to the Marine Air Ground Task Force. (U.S. Navy photo)

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Two Marine Corps variants of the F-35B Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter, are secured on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) during sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo)

Venlet says Joint Strike Fighter program’s Build ‘n’ Test process was a “miscalculation.” Lockheed says program likely to take budget cut hits. Marines still bullish on F-35B. Senate bill orders DoD to define the terms of the F-35B’s probation (subscription required). NAVAIR recuts F-35 EMALS launch video with  interviews.

Pentagon cuts likely to cost jobs. DoD’s Industrial Policy Chief says sequestration would be “fiscal castration.” DoD Buzz examines the political maneuvering in Washington. DoD to cut FY2013 budget request (subscription required) by $40 billion.

Defense Authorization Bill passes Senate. Obama vows veto. Bill prohibits defense contractors’ salaries from exceeding President’s.

NAVAIR has a new promotional video for its procurement management system.

Cheap ONR test rockets hit targets.

Boeing sees international interest in the V-22 (subscription required). Soaring V-22 maintenance costs threaten Marines aircraft plans.

Android, iPhone cleared for official use.

Do military families feel entitled?

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