April 24, 2017

Navy, AF Refueling Mission a Success

Refueling P-8 Poseidon

The Air Force’s 459 Air Refueling Wing helped make history last week when its KC-135 was the first to refuel a Naval Air Systems Command P-8A Poseidon.

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300 Marines Deploy to Afghanistan

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The 300 Marines deployed from Camp Lejeune comprise the largest US force in Afghanistan since 2014.

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Marines’ Helicopters Bring Sticker Shock

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The Marine Corps got a costly surprise with approval to start buying Lockheed Martin’s new heavy lift helicopter program, costs increased 6.9 percent to $31 billion.

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Blackhawk Down in Leonardtown

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A UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter crashed on Breton Bay Golf Course during a routine training exercise out of Fort Belvoir, Virginia, killing one crew member and injuring two others.

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Morning Coffee Off the Burner

Morning Coffee is off the burner today, but will be back Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

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Civilian Hiring Freeze Lifted, But Budgets Stay Small

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The blanket hiring freeze on civilian federal agencies has been lifted, but departments are told to respect President Donald Trump’s “skinny budget.”

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DoD Wants 5% Cut on Next Batch of F-35s

F-35s

The latest cut in the cost of the standard F-35 will bring the cost of the standard version of the jet strike fighter below $80 million.

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T-45 Training Grounded Indefinitely

T-45

The Navy has extended the grounding of all of its T-45 training jets indefinitely after a  group of instructor pilots refused to fly the aircraft. The service’s engineers need to figure out what’s causing a spike in dangerous physical symptoms in pilots brought on by a drop in oxygen in the cockpit.

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Tomahawks ‘Ready to Do What They Do’

Destroyers Ross and Porter were already operating in the Eastern Mediterranean on Thursday when the call was made to strike at the Assad regime. The two destroyers involved in the 59-Tomahawk missile strike on a Syrian airfield were there, loaded with Tomahawks “ready to do what they do.”

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Is Trump’s F-35 a Mistake or Deal Maker?

F-35B

Industry analysts are trying to calibrate the F-35’s future from Trump’s F-35 tweets that it’s cost is ‘out of control’ and word of a multi-year block buy if Lockheed does not protest a buy of F/A-18s from Boeing.

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