January 16, 2019

Trump Shifts Military From Counterterrorism to Competition

counterterrorism

The Trump administration shifts US military focus from counterterrorism to competition with peer adversaries such as China.

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Hunt Is On to Fill Key Pentagon Jobs

Pentagon Jobs

The White House and Pentagon are looking for a new slate of senior officers to fill several key jobs with several senior military figures set to retire.

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Morning Coffee is Off the Burner

Morning Coffee is off the burner today, in recognition of Columbus Day, but will be back percolating Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018.

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Pax River Has a Banner Building Year

NAS Pax River aerial view

Pax River completed a $10 million, two-story addition to the Atlantic Test Range headquarters and a $46 million second aircraft prototyping facility. The base was also awarded $41 million to add more housing this year and $67 million to design a new medical and dental clinic.

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New Performance Incentives for F-35, Not for Industry

F-35 Pax Rver

Lockheed’s contract for future F-35s is tied to performance incentives, but DoD efforts to tie all defense contracts to performance indicators has been withdrawn in the face of industry and congressional outcry.

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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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