November 12, 2019

Art & Lifestyle:

e-Book “Embargo” Ignites Librarians -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

USMSM Planning Open House Nov. 14 -

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Amateur Boxing Nov. 16 @ SMCM -

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Still Time to Be Festival of Trees Sponsor -

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Can a Government Shutdown Be Avoided?

Shutdown

President Donald Trump tells lawmakers that he would sign a stopgap spending bill to avoid a government shutdown, so long as it does not restrict his ability to build a border wall between Mexico and the US.

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Morning Coffee – Off the Burner

Morning Coffee is off the burner today, Monday, Nov. 11, to celebrate Veterans Day 2019. We’ll be back Tuesday.

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Newest Carriers Can’t Handle F-35C

carriers

The Navy will refit its 36-year-old Vinson aircraft carrier to accommodate its newest fighter jet the F-35C. The Navy’s newest carriers, the USS Gerald R. Ford and USS John F. Kennedy — not yet in operation — will be refit in future years for the strike fighter

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DoD Budget Short of Time and Submarines

DoD budget

The 2020 DoD Budget remains in a deadlock as time runs out to pass the defense policy bill. In addition to the budget battle being waged over the border wall, the defense budget does not contain everything the military had said it was seeking, including the number of attack submarines.

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DoD Under-Utilizing Talent, Experts Say

DoD

DoD is under-utilizing existing talent and losing workers to civilian jobs. It needs to take a serious look at how it trains and assigns troops for high-tech jobs, says the Defense Innovation Board.

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Military Pay Hike Is Safe, Some Lawmakers Say

military pay hike

A 3.1% military pay raise is set to take effect in a few months, despite current wrangling among lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

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Nationals Take Fans on a Wild Ride

Nationals

The Washington Nationals took fans on a wild ride in 2019, all the way to the World Series, and then down to the wire, pulling ahead in the 7th inning of the 7th game to bring the World Series Championship home to Washington DC for the first time in 86 years.

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$126M Aircraft Parts Found in 1st DoD Audit

aircraft parts

With its next audit due out in two weeks, the Navy hopes its tracking system has improved. Last year’s audit found $126M in aircraft parts the Navy didn’t even know it had. It also didn’t know it had the warehouse where they’d been stored.

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Is Navy Reconsidering 355-Ship Fleet?

ship delivery policy

Navy floating the idea of 310 ships as the best it can do at funding projections to keep the fleet properly manned, properly maintained, properly equipped, even though a 355-ship fleet “is a great target,” says Navy Vice Chief ADM Robert Burke.

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With Pierside Exercises Complete, USS Ford Heads for Sea Trials

carriers

The plight of the USS Gerald Ford ignited a war of words between US lawmakers and Navy leaders last week as the first-in-class carrier finally heads to sea trials after a series of technical setbacks.

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