November 20, 2017

Navy Sends Congress Its $5.3B Wish List

Super Hornet F18

The Navy wants an extra $5.3B and the Air Force wants an extra $10.7B for planes, ships, missiles, and other smaller projects that did not make it into their 2018 budget requests.

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Work Asks: “How Does Fear Play Out … Between Unmanned Systems?”

Artificial intelligence changes conflict, says DepDefSec Robert Work about the nature of war, which is.a collision of will, fear, uncertainty, and chance.

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China Invited to Rim of the Pacific Exercises

China

Despite tensions in the South China Sea & tense aerial confrontations, China has been invited to attend next year’s US-hosted Rim of the Pacific exercises.

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F-35 or Hornet? Which Makes Cut for ‘Top Gun’ Sequel?

So which plane will get top billing in the “Top Gun”sequel? Since the Navy F-14 Tomcat is no longer in service, will it be the F/A-18 Super Hornet or the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter?

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Trump’s FY18 Budget Cuts Hit DoD, Also

budget cuts

The Pentagon is a winner in Trump’s proposed FY18 budget, but some cuts will impact the military as well.

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Trump Budget Calls for BRAC in 2021

BRAC

Trump’s FY18 budget seeks $1.5 trillion in non-defense discretionary cuts and $1.4 trillion in Medicaid cuts over the course of a decade, adds nearly half a trillion dollars to defense spending and calls for a BRAC in 2021.

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F-35B’s Gun Pod Trials Completed

F-35's Gun Pod Trials Completed

F-35B’s GAU-22 gun pod testing completed at NAS Pax River.

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Next Gen Jammer Passes Review at Pax

Next Gen Jammer Passes Review at Pax

The Next Generation Jammer program has passed its design review during recent testing at NAS Pax River, NAVAIR officials say.

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McConnell Suggests Garland for FBI

Garland

McConnell, refused to schedule hearings last year for Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, now suggests Trump appoint Garland as an apolitical director of the FBI.

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Hawks Seek Repeal of Defense Budget Caps

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The heads of the House and Senate armed services committees, armed with 141 lawmaker signatures, call for a repeal of budget caps for defense.

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