April 27, 2017

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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Deadliest Aircraft in Pentagon’s Arsenal?

E-6 Mercury Deadliest Aircraft in Pentagon's Arsenal

Don’t be deceived by the appearances of the E-6 Mercury. Though the Mercury doesn’t carry any weapons of its own, it might be in a sense the deadliest aircraft operated by the Pentagon.

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Navy, AF Refueling Mission a Success

Refueling P-8 Poseidon

The Air Force’s 459 Air Refueling Wing helped make history last week when its KC-135 was the first to refuel a Naval Air Systems Command P-8A Poseidon.

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300 Marines Deploy to Afghanistan

marines deploy

The 300 Marines deployed from Camp Lejeune comprise the largest US force in Afghanistan since 2014.

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Marines’ Helicopters Bring Sticker Shock

marines helicopters

The Marine Corps got a costly surprise with approval to start buying Lockheed Martin’s new heavy lift helicopter program, costs increased 6.9 percent to $31 billion.

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Blackhawk Down in Leonardtown

blackhawk down

A UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter crashed on Breton Bay Golf Course during a routine training exercise out of Fort Belvoir, Virginia, killing one crew member and injuring two others.

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Morning Coffee Off the Burner

Morning Coffee is off the burner today, but will be back Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

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Civilian Hiring Freeze Lifted, But Budgets Stay Small

hiring freeze

The blanket hiring freeze on civilian federal agencies has been lifted, but departments are told to respect President Donald Trump’s “skinny budget.”

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DoD Wants 5% Cut on Next Batch of F-35s

F-35s

The latest cut in the cost of the standard F-35 will bring the cost of the standard version of the jet strike fighter below $80 million.

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