March 20, 2019

DoD Down Thousands of Cyber Workers

DoD cyber workers

DoD’s chief information officer told a Senate committee last week that the Defense Department lost thousands of civilian cyber workers in the past year, mainly in IT management and computer science-related positions.

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First F-35B Lands on British Warship

F-35B

The first Royal Navy pilot to land an F-35B stealth fighter on Britain’s new HMS Queen Elizabeth tells his story. Flying the test jet from NAS Patuxent River, Royal Navy Cmdr. Nathan Gray touched down to start two months of flight tests.

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DoD Squeeze on Contractor Pay Sits Poorly With Congressional Defense Chairs

contractor pay

The chairs of the House and Senate Armed Services committees side with the defense industry against Pentagon plans regarding contractor pay which calls for less money up front when it buys major weapons systems. The proposed policy would link performance- and progress-based payments more closely to production milestones.

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Navy Meteorologists Unveil a Better Weather Prediction System

weather prediction

Navy meteorological experts aren’t just trying to get a better weather prediction, they’re looking to “fix battlespace awareness.”

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Canada to Purchase Used Hornets From Aussies

Used Hornets

Canada plans to close a deal by the end of this year to purchase 25 used F/A-18A/B Hornets from Australia.

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Military on Display at Valiant Shield ’18

Valiant Shield

US military forces from the US Indo-Pacific Command participated in Valiant Shield 2018 last week near Guam with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, 15 surface ships, over 160 aircraft and around 15,000 military personnel.

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F-35A Tests Triple Its Expected Lifetime

F-35

The F-35A airframe tests are expected to double the life expectancy of 8,000h, but tests are showing 24,000h of service life for the stealth fighters.

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Space Force Comes With Big Pricetag

Big Pricetag for Space Force

The Air Force estimates that creating a Space Force will cost $13 billion over the next five years, including an initial $3 billion cost to stand up the service.

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Aircraft Big Winner in Defense Budget

F-35

House and Senate conference committees have finalized a $675 billion defense spending bill. Aircraft of all kinds are the overall winner.

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Military Joins Relief Efforts After Hurricane

Hurricane Relief Efforts

The military has joined relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Florence’s landfall. DoD has assigned 13,470 personnel and deployed 1,286 military assets, according to the US Northern Command.

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