November 20, 2017

What’s Key to F-35’s Future?

Lower costs and international buyers are what the F-35 fighter jet needs to meet the number of aircraft the Pentagon can buy; $3.7 billion interim payment heading to Lockheed Martin for 50 F-35s earmarked for non-US customers.

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Mattis Orders Greater Flexibility for Ready and Lethal Forces

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DefSec Mattis directs the services, the National Guard Bureau, and combatant commanders to identify changes needed to give each branch increased flexibility to organize, train, and equip more ready and lethal forces.

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Navy Surveillance Plane Evades Chinese Fighter Jets

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A Navy EP-3 surveillance plane flying in international waters in the East China Sea is surprised from behind by two Chinese fighter jets and forced to take evasive action.

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Pax Hosts New Round of F-35 Ski-Ramp Tests

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The F-35 Lightning II Pax River Integrated Test Force has begun a second round of F-35B ski-ramp testing at NAS Patuxent River.

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Problems Remain for F-35 JSF Helmet

Problems Remain for F-35 JSF Helmet

Problems still remain for the F-35 JSF’s helmet night-vision camera. Lockheed Martin officials said Friday they are aware of the issue and working to test potential solutions. Improvements to the software are underway and will be ready for testing in the fall.

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‘Space Corps’ Debated as 6th Military Branch

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DoD brass questions the wisdom of a Space Corps separate from the Air Force as House and Senate committees consider a 6th military branch among multiple options in the debate of how to address the national defense of space.

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JSF Software Upgrade to Prevent Hypoxia

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Honeywell is responsible for designing and retrofitting all JSF variants with a software upgrade for its oxygen generation system to prevent symptoms of oxygen deprivation.

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Navy Urged to Revise Ship Delivery Policy

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The Government Accountability Office is urging the US Navy to revise its ship delivery policy to keep defective and incomplete ships from entering the service branch’s operational fleet. Shipbuilders often deliver ships to the Navy with multiple defects.

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Chaos Is New Normal on Internet

New Normal on the Internet cyber

The world has entered into a new era of cyber conflict. Recent “ransomware” events show chaos and disruption are the new normal on the Internet.

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Might Robot Warships Trump 355 Ships?

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The well-received NavSec nominee tells confirmation hearings robot warships might yield more capacity than a 355-ship Navy.

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