April 2, 2020

Military Readiness Concerns Grow

military readiness

As the rate of infection in the military outstrips that of the general population, deployments are being impacted, and military leaders fear a readiness crisis. The warship Coronado could be the herald.

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DoD Asks to Classify Five-Year Projections

DoD Projections

The Pentagon has asked Congress to classify its five-year Future Year Defense Program, considered essential information to show where DoD expects to invest in the future. The document has been unclassified since 1989.

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Amid Pilot Shortage, Marine Corps Assessing F-35 Fleet

A shortage of pilots has the Marine Corps assessing the F-35’s place in its fleet. “Our continued inability to build and sustain an adequate inventory of F-35 pilots leads me to conclude that we must be pragmatic regarding our ability to support” the program,” Gen. David Berger said.

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Navy Hospital Ships Deployed on Both Coasts

Navy Hospital Ships

The Navy’s hospital ships — USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy — are deployed to New York and Los Angeles, respectively, to offer aid during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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Women to Register for the Draft, Says Panel

draft women

For the first time in US history, a Selective Service panel will recommend requiring women between 18 and 25 register for future military drafts as young men are required to do.

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DoD Adjusts Cash Flow to Contractors in Response to Coronavirus

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DoD will raise progress payments to improve cash flow to contractors as the coronavirus continues to impact the economy. Northrop Grumman and General Dynamics have already cautioned investors; Boeing has closed its Puget Sound plants; and CAE, GE, and Airbus, government contractors with large commercial exposure, are taking various aggressive actions to rein in costs and staunch losses.

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More Restrictions Ordered in Effort to Slow Spread of COVID-19

Restrictions

Maryland announces more restrictions in effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and establishes a $175 million business relief program.

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Coronavirus Putting Cybersecurity to the Test

cybersecurity

The US is increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks during the coronavirus pandemic.

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US Virus Plan Foresees 18-Month Disruption

St. Mary's Coronavirus Updates

The US virus plan anticipates an 18-month pandemic of multiple waves and widespread shortages. Attendant recessionary fears bring Democrats and Republicans to the radical idea of just sending money directly to taxpayers.

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Coronavirus Spreads; Impacts Everything

Social distancing restrictions are forcing businesses into creative workarounds, including increased delivery and pick-up services at eateries throughout the country. Here are some in Southern Maryland as , and more as the nation and the military come to grips with a pandemic.

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