July 23, 2018

Air Force & Navy Search for New High-Tech Fighter Aircraft

high-tech fighter aircraft

Both the Air Force and Navy are each developing a new high-tech fighter aircraft, but details are secret and approaches to the need vary. Likely the answer will be a system not a single aircraft.

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Expect More Unpredictability in US Military Operations

unpredictability

Unpredictability is being programmed into the military operations, including changes to what had been standard deployment times.

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US Faces Cyber Threats on Many Fronts

cyber threats

National Intelligence Director Dan Coats issues warnings about cyber threats to US national security. Digital attempts to undermine America are occurring daily, not just at election time from Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, and criminal networks and individual hackers.

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US to Promote Arms Sales at Air Show

US to Promote Arms Sales at Air Show

Lots of senior American officials will be in attendance this week at the Farnborough International Airshow in England eager to boost sales of US weapons and aircraft.

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Russia Bolsters Military Base at Poland’s Border

Poland's Border

In advance of this week’s NATO summit in Brussels and ahead of US President Trump’s planned visit with Russian President Vladmir Putin, Russia has been building up the infrastructure and bunkers at one of its military sites at the Polish border.

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Can FY19 Budget Staunch R&D Spending Decline?

R&D

Congressional and Pentagon leaders are concerned that the steadily declining portion of the military budget spent on research and development is exacerbating the threat that the US is losing its technological edge against its competitors and enemies. The Senate Appropriation Committee looks to boost R&D spending in the FY19 budget.

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A New Flying Classroom for Test Pilots

Flying Classroom

An old Fairchild Swearingen C-26A Metroliner is now the Airborne Systems Training and Research Support, or ASTARS III, and belongs to the Test Pilot School at NAS Pax. The aircraft will serve as a flying classroom.

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Defense Funding for Drones Nearly Triples

Funding for Drones

The 2019 National Defense Authorization Act allocates funding for nearly three times as many unmanned vehicles as in previous years.

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Morning Coffee Is Off the Burner

Morning Coffee is off the burner today. We’ll be back Monday, July 9.

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Pentagon Creates New Joint AI Office

Pentagon Creates New Joint AI Office

A new Joint Artificial Intelligence Center at the Pentagon will have oversight over almost all service and defense agency AI efforts.

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