December 4, 2023

Military Struggles to Reach Recruitment Goals


US DefSec Lloyd Austin swore in new military recruits last week. As DoD marked the 50th anniversary of the country’s all-volunteer force, the armed services are struggling to meet recruitment goals.

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Pax Firefighter Buried Today

Naval District Washington Firefighter Brice C. Trossbach died fighting a house fire in Leonardtown on June 27. His services will be streamed live this morning at 10am. Expect traffic delays around and on NAS Pax River through the 12:30 to 2pm funeral procession.

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Service Academies Exempt in Affirmative Action Ruling

Hoyer Hosts Military Service Academy Forum

Military service academies are exempt from the US Supreme Court’s recent ruling on affirmative action that effectively ends that policy at the country’s colleges and universities.

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Prepare for Air Taxis in ’24

A new GIS-based program has been created for urban areas to begin planning for the arrival of air taxis as early as next year within their jurisdictions. The eVTOLs are already on tap for transportation needs during the summer of 2024 at the Paris Olympics.

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Weapons Tests at Dahlgren Prompt Lawsuit by Environmental Groups

Weapons Tests Dahlgren

US Navy weapons testing at the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Dahlgren, VA, has sparked a lawsuit by two environmental groups. Environmentalists allege the tests don’t abide by the Clean Water Act.

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Flying Taxi Maker Joins Paris Airshow

While the world’s largest air show typically focused on military and commercial planes, flying taxi maker Volocopter showed up at the Paris Airshow to show it is on track to ferry customers around Paris Olympics next year. Other 2023 newcomers to the world’s largest air show included electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft.

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Global Aviation on Display This Week


The 2023 Paris Air Show opens today. Among the US military aircraft on display will be the F-25, F-15E, and F-16. Here, an Air Force F-15 and two F-35s in a training exercise May 17. (US Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Penny Snoozy) Morning Coffee is a robust blend of links to news around the internet concerning the Naval Air Station Patuxent River economic community. The opinions expressed here do not reflect opinions of the Leader’s owners or staff. The Paris Air Show opens this week after a four-year hiatus. At this event, all things global aviation take…

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Lawmakers: DoD Look to Private Sector in ’24

From cyber to communications, the US House committees preparing for next week’s start of hearings on the National Defense Authorization Act are directing the Pentagon to build a greater involvement with the commercial tech center, including selecting commercial satellite communication providers.

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Birckhead New MD Adjutant General


MAJ GEN Janeen Birckhead has assumed her new role as the Maryland National Guard adjutant general. Birckhead succeeds outgoing MAJ GEN Timothy Gowen, who assumed command in 2019.

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Debt Limit Set; DoD Budget Next


The FY24 defense authorization and budget are moving to the front of Capitol Hill agendas with $886 billion in military appropriations set out for next year. There is already bipartisan support for an anticipated defense supplement, but also a breaking in GOP ranks over how DoD money is spent.

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