February 25, 2018

Japan’s Air Force Deploys First F-35

Japan's Air Force

The Japanese air force has deployed its first operational F-35 at Misawa Air Base.

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Pax Welcomes 1st Italian-Built F-35B

The first F-35B assembled outside of the US landed at NAS Patuxent River last week after completing a transatlantic flight from Cameri Air Base in Italy.

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POTUS: Fund Military & Hone Government

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In his first State of the Union address, President Trump calls on Congress to “fully fund” military budgets and expand the VA’s expedited firing power to all federal agencies.

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Russian Fighter Jet Again in US Flight Path

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For the second time since November, a Russian jet buzzes the flank of a US reconnaissance aircraft over the Black Sea, forcing the EP-3 Aries to fly through the Russian Su-27’s flight wash.

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DoD Report Critical of F-35’s Progress

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Lockheed Martin defends F-35’s progress in response to a critical Pentagon report saying efforts to improve the joint strike fighter’s reliability are “stagnant.”

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F-35B Makes First Sloped Landings

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The F-35B is taking to the skies over Bogue, North Carolina. The short-takeoff-and-vertical-landing fighter is scheduled to continue sloped surface vertical-landing tests through late February 2018.

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Unauthorized “Fire and Fury” Spreading Malware

Hackers are using unauthorized PDF versions of the controversial book “Fire and Fury” to spread malware.

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Unpredictable Spending Costing DoD Vendors

DoD Vendors

Unpredictable Pentagon spending has DoD vendors leaving the marketplace. The defense industrial base is shrinking, research and development stagnant, meaning the weapons systems of tomorrow are not being developed today.

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Senate Compromise Ends Gov’t. Shutdown

Survey: Agencies Ready If Shutdown Occurs

A bipartisan group of negotiators in the Senate prevailed with leadership, trading Democratic support for ending the nearly 60-hour federal government shutdown, for a commitment by Republicans to hold a vote resolving the status of young undocumented immigrants next month.

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UK’s Top Test Pilot Compares F-35, Harrier

F-35 top test pilot UK

The Royal Air Force’s top test pilot says there is no comparison between the F-35 and the Harrier. Andy Edgell, stationed at NAS Patuxent River, said the F-35 and the Harrier, despite broadly doing the same thing (landing vertically), are “almost incomparable” in flying terms.

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