January 16, 2019

National Guard to Remain at US-Mexico Border Another Year

US-Mexico Border

Up to 4,000 National Guard personnel are authorized to remain on the US-Mexico border for another year, although funding for the extended mission remains unclear.

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Trump Cancels Federal Workers’ Pay Raise

counterterrorism

President Donald Trump wants to freeze federal workers’ pay in 2019.

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JSF Helmet Bug Limits Night Carrier Landings to Experts

JSF Helmet

The Navy is getting closer to fixing the technical bug in the F-35 JSF helmet, which allows LED light to spill out and obliterate a pilot’s ability to see landing lights on carriers at night. But for now, only expert pilots can perform night landings.

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F-35C Joins Carrier Flight Operations

F-35C

For the first time, the F-35Cs launched, recovered, and maneuvered around the flight deck alongside F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, EA-18G Growlers, and E-2D Advanced Hawkeyes.

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McCain to Be Buried at Naval Academy

John McCain

Funeral arrangements for Sen. John McCain include a Saturday service at the Washington National Cathedral in DC and burial at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis.

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US, Britain Ready for F-35B Flight Trials

F-35B flight trials

Great Britain’s aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has departed for the US to carry out flight trials with F-35B fighter jets at the Portsmouth naval base.

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VA to Review Benefit Denials to Sexual Assault Victims

VA

An IG report found VA officials improperly denied benefits to thousands of military sexual assault victims. The department will review all denied military sexual trauma claims from October 2016 forward.

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SpaceX Gears Up for 1st Crewed Flight

SpaceX crewed flight

SpaceX is gearing up to launch NASA astronauts to space with its Falcon 9 rockets. The agency has been debating whether to allow the company to fuel its spacecraft after the astronauts have boarded.

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White House Objects to 2nd LCS in 2019

LCS littoral combat ships

As the Senate takes up the 2019 Defense Appropriations Bill, the White House has made clear it does not approve of a provision that calls for two littoral combat ships in 2019, one more than the Navy asked for in its budget.

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McConnell Says, “Russians Are Not Our Friends”

McConnell

Senate Majority Leader notes alleged meddling in US and European elections and the 2014 annexation of Crimea, saying, “The Russians are not our friends … [they] are acting like the old Soviet Union used to act,”

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