June 25, 2018

New Presidential Helicopter Fleet on Schedule

Presidential Helicopter Fleet

Sikorsky is four years into its $1.2 billion contract to replace the president’s helicopter fleet with its VH-92A in 2019.

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Russia Is Jamming US Drones in Syria

US drones

Russian jamming of small US drones in Syria is having an impact on American military operations.

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Military Aviation Crashes See Big Spike

Aviation Crashes

US Navy aviation mishaps have increased 82 percent in the past five years, the biggest spikes in accidents among all four services. Mishaps involving the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet have jumped 108 percent over the same time period.

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National Guard Begins Deployment at Border

National Guard

National Guard troops are being deployed to the US border with Mexico. DefSec Jim Mattis has specified that the Guard will assist the Department of Homeland Security but not perform law enforcement missions and will be armed only when necessary for self-defense.

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DoD to Decentralize F-35 Program

F-35

The letter to the Pentagon announcing plans to decentralize the F35 program office came from the newly reconfigured office of the undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment. Each service running its own program is a more traditional model.

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F-22s Have a Failure to Communicate

F-22

What the F-22s have is a failure to communicate, with the F-35 and also the F-16 and other allied aircraft. The older fighter jet can receive communications, but cannot transmit its surveillance intelligence to the others.

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Buffett Earns Navy’s Highest Civilian Award

Buffett Earns Civilian Award

Recording artist Jimmy Buffett was presented with the Superior Public Service Award by NavSec Richard V. Spencer for supporting the Navy and Marine Corps. It’s the highest award that can be given to a civilian not employed by the Navy. The award was presented last week during a concert at the US Naval Academy.

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Will Military Front Cost for Border Wall?

border wall

President Donald Trump and DefSec Jim Mattis have discussed the possibility that the US military front the costs for a border wall between the US and Mexico.

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Big Budget = Many Military Impacts

big budget

In the $1.3 trillion omnibus budget bill trumpeting a big budget for the military, there are some lesser reported details, including no BRAC provision, no changes to GITMO, and no more credit card use at strip clubs.

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Suspicious Packages Arrive in DC Region

suspicious packages

Suspicious packages have been received at military installations in the Washington region and at mail processing facilities for both the CIA and the White House. Packages may have been received at as many as six sites.

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