January 21, 2022

Art & Lifestyle:

Appraiser Fair Returns to Museum -

Friday, January 21, 2022

Live Boxing Returns to So. Maryland -

Friday, January 14, 2022

Forrest Center to Host Tech Expo Jan. 20 -

Monday, January 10, 2022

Artists Sought to Paint Benches at Art Park -

Sunday, January 9, 2022

Milestone for Marines F-35C Squadron

F-36C

The Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314 Black Knights are the first Marine Corps F-35C squadron to achieve full operational capability.

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HAC OKs $706B Military Budget

DoD

The House Appropriations Committee approved a $706 billion defense spending bill for fiscal 2022 with a 33-23 party line vote. Republicans object that the $10 billion increase is insufficient to counter threats from China and around the globe.

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Sailors Fault Navy Culture for Failures

It’s the leadership, according to a lawmakers survey finding 94% of sailors connect “damaging operational failures” in the Navy to its culture, in a study, titled “A Report on the Fighting Culture of the United States Navy Surface Fleet.”

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Defense Revenues Up 5% Over Last Year

Lockheed Martin

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the defense industry saw a gain in revenues in 2020. Defense revenues recorded in this year’s Defense News Top 100 list totaled $551 billion, up about 5% from $524 billion for fiscal 2019.

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IG: Security Issues With Military 3D Printing

3D

A July 1 DoD Inspector General’s report finds the military is not doing enough to secure its 3D printing technology. The report says that service members are miscategorizing the military’s additive manufacturing programs and leaving them vulnerable to cyberattacks.

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Huntington Ingalls to Buy Alion: $1.65B

Huntington Ingalls Industries to buy Alion Science and Technology in $1.65B deal. Alion is among a number of recent acquisitions as the large shipbuilder seeks to move toward emerging technologies like unmanned systems. 

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US Slips Out of Bagram in the Night

The US troops slipped out of Bagram Airfield Friday night, shutting off the electricity as they left, but not telling the new Afghan commander. Gen. Mir Asadullah Kohistani didn’t learn of the departure until two hours later.

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Italian Carrier Readies for Its 1st F-35B

Italian Sea Trials

Italy’s ITS Cavour will receive its first F-35B this month after the aircraft carrier started certification work in the US earlier this year. Final checks are being conducted at Cameri air base. The assembly facility is expected to turn out 90 F-35s for Italy, including 30 F-35Bs. The Cavour began its certification in February 2021 out of Naval Station Norfolk, VA.

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Morning Coffee Off the Burner Today

Morning Coffee is off the burner today, but will be back percolating Tuesday, July 6, 2021. Happy birthday, America!

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F-35s: Too Expensive to Fly?

Major Milestone

The House Armed Services Committee chair continued his criticism of contractors over the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and its exorbitant lifecycle costs, “as high as $38,000 an hour,” says Adam Smith.

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