January 18, 2018

Is F-35 ‘Ready to Go at 50 Below’?

'ready to go at 50 below'

Along with everything else, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has to operate in harsh weather conditions. A series of tests is slated for Eielson AFB in Alaska, with the motto, “Ready to Go at 50 Below!”

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US, South Korea Military Drills Underway

Military Drills MH-60S Seahawk

US/South Korea joint exercises begin this week. South Korean military officials expect another missile launch from North Korea as the military drills take place.

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NAS Pax River Is Draw for Tech Jobs

NerdWallet analyzed 381 metropolitan areas in the US with populations of more than 50,000 to identify the regions of the country that balance opportunity for tech workers with the cost of living. See where the California-Lexington Park area ranks on its list of the Best Places for Tech Jobs.

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McCain Leadership Removed for ‘Preventable’ Collision

McCain

The fatal collision of the USS John S. McCain was “preventable, the commanding officer exercised poor judgement, and the executive officer exercised poor leadership of the ship’s training program,” according to Navy findings.

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Message to Troops: Be Ready If Diplomacy Fails

Message to Troops: Be Ready If Diplomacy Fails

SecDef James Mattis tells troops their job is to “be ready” during North Korea diplomatic push. He urged members of the military to be ready if diplomacy breaks down.

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Pentagon Taking Aim at F-35 Cost

Pentagon Taking Aim at F-35 Cost

The Pentagon has taken over an effort to cut the cost of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter as it tries to make a program estimated to cost $400 billion more affordable.

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Valve Suspected in Hornets’ & Growlers’ Hypoxia

Hypoxia Hornet

Researchers studying hypoxia incidents say a valve has been identified and might be causing problematic cabin pressure changes in F/A-18E and F Super Hornets and E/A-18G Growlers during flight.

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Congress Wants Details of Afghan Strategy

Appearing in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee this week, DefSec James Mattis described the US’ Afghanistan strategy as “R4+S” — “regionalize, realign, reinforce, reconcile, and sustain.”

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DoD Steps Up Efforts to Retain Technical Edge

Technical Edge cybersecurity

The Pentagon is stepping up new efforts to rapidly integrate more commercial technology in DoD areas such as data infrastructure and management, cybersecurity, and machine learning. Deputy DefSec Patrick Shanahan says retaining a technical edge is paramount.

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Report: Captain at Fault in El Faro Sinking

El Faro

A Coast Guard report says the primary cause of the 2015 sinking of the cargo ship El Faro, which killed all 33 aboard, was the captain underestimating the strength of a hurricane and overestimating the ship’s strength.

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