January 18, 2019

Lives Depend on Sailors Ready to Fight

ready to fight

If the Navy’s going to win the next war against a great or rising power, America’s chief petty officers must prepare deck-plate sailors to be ready to fight. Message from ADM John Richardson: Prepare yourselves and your sailors now because all of your lives depend on it.

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$639B NDAA Increases Readiness, Base Infrastructure Budgets

base infrastructure

All service branches will see increases in readiness budgets if the Senate passes the $639.1 billion FY19 National Defense Authorization Act that passed and out of a conference committee this week. The conference summary notes $23.5 billion to sustain, repair and rebuild crumbling military buildings and other infrastructure.

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More Remains Could Be Returned from No. Korea

More Remains Could Be Returned from No. Korea

DefSec Jim Mattis said that relations between the US and North Korea may be warming to the point that US forces could be allowed to return there to find more war remains of US servicemembers.

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Lawmakers Want Large-Scale DoD Cyber Exercise

DoD cyber workers

Congress is requiring the Department of Defense to conduct a large-scale exercise gaming response to a national cyber incident.

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Defense Bill Includes Submarine Launched Nuclear Weapon

submarine launched nuclear weapon

The Senate and House agreed on a $716 billion defense authorization bill which includes $65 million to develop a controversial new submarine-launched nuclear weapon, the Trident II D5 with a W76-2, aimed at deterring Russia.

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Congress Says No F-35s to Turkey; Mattis Objects

F-35 to Turkey

The Senate and House move to prevent the sale of F-35s to Turkey, a move DefSec Mattis opposes.

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F-35s Gaining Foothold in Europe

F-35s Gaining Foothold in Europe

The F-35 fighter jet is arriving in growing numbers in Europe, and military officials say it is poised to play a much broader role in missile defense.

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US Defense Trade Up Over Last Year

Defense Trade

Through the first two quarters of this fiscal year, the US has signed $46.9 billion in weapons sales to foreign partners and allies — smashing past the $41.9B figure from all of fiscal 2017.

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Air Force & Navy Search for New High-Tech Fighter Aircraft

high-tech fighter aircraft

Both the Air Force and Navy are each developing a new high-tech fighter aircraft, but details are secret and approaches to the need vary. Likely the answer will be a system not a single aircraft.

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Expect More Unpredictability in US Military Operations

unpredictability

Unpredictability is being programmed into the military operations, including changes to what had been standard deployment times.

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