September 29, 2022

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Thursday, September 1, 2022

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Monday, August 29, 2022

Black Civil War Soldiers Exhibit Makes Stop in Lex Park -

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Time for ‘The Big Conversation’ -

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Morning Coffee Off the Burner Today

Morning Coffee is off the burner today, but will be back percolating Tuesday, July 5, 2022. Happy birthday, America!

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Power Companies Face Supply Crisis

Energy

US power companies face a supply-chain crisis this summer that threatens the availability of electricity heading into the heat of summer and peak hurricane season while federal agencies warn that the extreme weather could pose reliability issues. Meanwhile, the global supply-chain remains bottle-necked in Southern California ports.

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Female Draft in Congress Again

It’s the same set-up as last year, the annual defense bill includes a provision requiring women as well as men between the ages of 18 and 25 to register with the Selective Service System against the possibility of a military draft. Same as last year, conservatives oppose “drafting our daughters.”

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Future Unclear on Littoral Combat Ships

Littoral Combat Ships

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) said he will offer an amendment to save five US Navy littoral combat ships from an early retirement. Three separate congressional committees have approved defense budget plans that would block the Navy from scrapping five vessels from the problem-plagued ship class.

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BAMS-D Aircraft Welcomed Back to Pax

BAMS

The US Navy’s Global Hawks are back home at NAS Patuxent River after its more than a decade-long mission. Returning after a 13-year deployment that was initially supposed to be six months, the remaining Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Demonstrator program, or BAMS-D, aircraft are on their way to tying off a storied career.

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Inflation Bonus Proposed for Troops

Troops making less than $45,000 would get an “inflation bonus” under an amendment proposed to the $802 billion annual defense policy bill being hammered out by Congress.

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Big Boost Proposed for DIU Budget

House lawmakers eye 70% funding boost for Pentagon’s commercial innovation hub, charged with transitioning commercial technology for military use. The unit’s leader, Mike Brown, unexpectedly announced in April he would retire from the position in September, reportedly over concerns about a lack of support for the DIU’s mission.

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Kingsley New CO at NAS Patuxent River

Kingsley

CAPT Derrick Kingsley is the new commanding officer at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. Kingsley’s role as Pax River CO follows his previous position as the base executive officer.

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Morning Coffee Is Off the Burner

Juneteenth

Morning Coffee is off the burner today, June 20, in observance of Juneteenth. We’ll be back Tuesday, June 21.

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House Dems: No Inflation Add-On to $762B Defense Budget

A draft FY23 defense budget out of the US House Appropriation’s Committee rejects calls for an inflationary hike from 3% to 5% and sticks with the Biden administration’s $762B budget.

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