March 20, 2018

355-Ship Navy Not a Wish. It’s Now Policy

7th Fleet

President Trump’s 2018 National Defense Authorization Act includes a provision that calls for the US to build up to 355 ships “as soon as practicable.” That makes achieving a 355-ship Navy national policy.

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Trump Signs FY18 Defense Authorization Bill

FY18 Defense Authorization

President Trump signs the FY18 Defense Authorization Bill. The nearly $700 billion authorization establishes the 2018 military pay raise at 2.4 percent and sets the stage for increased Pentagon spending in coming months.

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Drones Sending Sensitive US Data to China’s Cloud

ICE intelligence suggests small drones by Chinese firm Da Jiang Innovations (DJI) and purchased in the US were likely downloading sensitive US infrastructure data to the Chinese government’s cloud.

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Arms Sales Rise for First Time Since 2010

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Global arms sales by the world’s top 100 defense contractors rose last year for the first time since 2010,

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First DoD-Wide Audit Announced

Audits at DoD

The Pentagon’s office of the inspector general announced the start of the first agencywide financial audit. Beginning in 2018, audits will occur annually.

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Boeing Loses Canada Hornet Deal to Australia


Canada dashes Boeing’s hopes for a buy of 18 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet jets, instead seeking an interim buy of used F/A-18 Hornets from Australia.

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F-35s, Microwave Missiles – US Counters N Korea


Weaponizing F-35s and new microwave missiles are among the developing arsenal of US counter measures in the face of North Korea’s continuing missile launches.

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New Effort to Coordinate DoD Research, Development

DoD Research

The Pentagon is drafting a list of desired technologies as part of a new modernization strategy to coordinate DoD’s research and development, including at US laboratories and government-funded research centers. The goal is to make sure that the military is aligned across the services.

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Scrambling to Avoid Gov’t Shutdown

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Congress is scrambling to avoid a government shutdown. Republicans push for a short-term funding measure.

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Russian Jet Buzzes Navy Poseidon


A Navy P-8A Poseidon flying over the Black Sea was rocked when a Russian jet flew just 50 feet in front of the American aircraft, leaving the Poseidon in the fighter’s afterburners.

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