September 30, 2023

CAC Under Attack

CAC card

Welcome to Morning Coffee, a robust blend of links to news around the Internet concerning Naval Air Station Patuxent River, NAVAIR, the Pentagon and beyond. The Leader provides this link feature as a survey of the news and announcements affecting the local military economy. The opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of the Leader’s owners or staff.

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New Chinese virus targets DoD’s Common Access Cards (CAC), according to Defense News.

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta scheduled, again, to come to Pax tomorrow, according to The Enterprise.

Some House and Senate Armed Services Committee leaders think that a $1 trillion cut is doable, AOL Defense reports. House panel told that small contractors would be better off if the military would stop bundling contracts (subscription required), Defense Daily Network reports.

The Pentagon reports that 17of the Navy’s 27 weapons development programs meet reliability thresholds, Ares reports. DOT&E report notes that the JSF is not as speedy as required, Defense News reports and notes that Lockheed has announced a fix for the F-35’s fuel dump system.

A push to get the X-47B UCAS-D strike drone onto carriers faster could cut into cash for F-35s, according to Strategy Page. Meanwhile, National Defense says the future of autonomous flight for the X-47B is still uncertain. Meanwhile, Defense Tech reminds us that the Predator is still in the running for carrier duty too, and the Navy Times looks at the Navy’s future carrier airwing plans.

Detailed plan emerges for re-taking the Straights of Hormuz from Iran, according to Time. The Hill quotes Panetta as saying that the US is “fully prepared” to deal with Iran. Russia warns that attacking Iran would be a catastrophe, Defense News reports.

Pentagon begins new initiative to curb sexual assault, The Hill reports.

NAWCAD Commander’s Blog reminds us that the Centennial of Marine Aviation is coming this year.

Aviation Week examines China’s pending leadership change.

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