September 25, 2017

US to Sell Anti-Radiation Missiles to Australia

anti-radiation missiles

The State Department approves a $138 billion sale of 110 anti-radiation missiles to Australia to arm its Boeing EA-18G Growler aircraft. The sale will increase capability in the region to deter threats and strengthen its homeland defense.

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Mattis or Trump Keeping Top DoD Posts Vacant?

lethal forces

DefSec Mattis still hasn’t filled top level vacancies in the Pentagon, after more than 100 days of the Trump Administration. A White House official says it’s not the White House’s fault.

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Who’s Buying F-35s And How Many?

F-35s

The US and eight other nations are partnering with Lockheed Martin to develop the F-35 for use by their air forces. Recently, even more countries have expressed an interest in acquiring the fighter jet. Which countries are buying F-35s and how many do they want?

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Marine Corps Wants More Cyber Teams

cybersecurity

USMC Cyberspace Command wants to have 13 fully operational cyber teams. Right now, it has nine teams defending networks and conducting operations in cyberspace.

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Future Battlefield: Soldiers Plus Autonomous Support

autonomous support

How the military acquires and implements new gear determines how soldiers fight next to autonomous support from multiple domains.

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US & Allies Warn China About South China Sea

US, France, Japan, and Britain navies plan a joint exercise as a “show of force” to tell China, the South China Sea is an international sea open to all commercial and military vessels.

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You’re Invited to Hack the Air Force

Hack the Air Force

The Air Force’s Chief Information Office will hold its Hack the Air Force exercise. The “bug bounty” program will invite participation from talent in the US and, this year, will include those from US partner-nations, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

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F-35 Destined for Combat Test

F-35 Destined for Combat Test

So far this year, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has been deployed twice, though neither deployment was in a combat capacity. With the US waging increasingly anti-terror operations, as the military deploys more and more it seems unavoidable that the F-35 is destined for a combat test.

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Dropping Wall Funds Could Keep Government Open

Government Open

Dropping funds for a US border wall from their spending proposal could net the Republicans the Democratic votes needed to keep government open beyond Friday.

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GAO vs DoD on F-35 Parts Purchases

F-35

DoD needs to procure big quantities of F-35 parts to drive down aircraft costs. The GAO does not see the expenditure today worth the future value.

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