December 4, 2023

Congress Awaits Briefing on Airstrikes


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Democrats are renewing their push for a war powers overhaul after President Joe Biden’s call for military airstrikes in Syria last week, reports Politico. The administration is taking heat from fellow Democrats as lawmakers pressure the White House to provide a legal justification for the  airstrikes launched against Iran-backed militia groups.

The administration says it briefed congressional leadership before ordering the strikes and will give lawmakers a full briefing next week, reports The Hill.

Israel has decided to purchase Lockheed Martin’s CH35K as its new heavy-lift helicopter, rather than Boeing’s CH-F47 Chinook, reports Globes. The cost for more than 20 of the Sikorsky helicopters is likely to be more than $2 billion.

The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and its strike group are heading home, reports Navy Times, completing the US Navy’s longest deployment since the Vietnam War.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in is calling for closer cooperation and a forward-looking approach with Japan, reports UPI. He made the remarks Monday in a speech commemorating the start of Korea’s independence movement against Japanese colonizers over a century ago.

The Pentagon says China has “continued to flout international rules,” and the US would work with its allies to address such challenges, reports Military Times. This follows US criticism of the presence of Chinese coast guard vessels in Japanese-claimed territorial waters in recent days.

COL Jack Perrin, program manager of PMA-261 H53 Heavy Lift Helicopters at NAS Pax River gave an update on the program at last week’s International Military Helicopter Conference. Perrin was able after a year of COVID-19 disruptions to report significant progress on the program, reports Second Line of Defense.

The US Navy is testing its long-range cargo transport Blue Water UAS prototype, reports Navy Recognition. The long-range cargo transport is designed to operate with naval forces that typically operate in heavy winds over open water and require aircraft to land on pitching vessels at sea.



Chief of Naval Operations ADM Michael Gilday in his “CNO Navigation Plan” said robotic ships will play a vital role in the future of the US Navy, reports National Defense.

The Pentagon’s sexual assault review committee wants troop input on policy and culture change, reports Military Times. Every option is on the table, said Lynn Rosenthal, chair of the committee.

US Air Force B-1B Lancers conducted a mission over Norway late last week, report Air Force Times, the first such mission this year and the first time Lancers have flown out of that country.

The US House approved Biden’s $1.9 trillion pandemic rescue plan in a 219-212 vote Saturday, sending the measure to the Senate, reports Politico, as Democrats race to pass it into law before boosted unemployment payments expire this month.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has signed off on the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, reports The Hill. The shot can be given to people 18 and older in the US.

Recent research shows that troops exposed to military explosive shockwaves are at a higher risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease, reports Army Times, even if they didn’t receive a traumatic brain injury from the blast. The research was published in Brain Pathology, a medical journal.

Beginning Wednesday, the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees will receive updates from veterans service advocacy groups, reports Military Times, for the first time virtually. March is usually when groups advocate for issues with members of Congress.

New European Union restrictions could threaten some US food shipments to its military commissaries and exchanges in Europe, reports Military Times.

The bill introduced by St. Mary’s County Del. Brian Crosby (D), which would make voters in five counties, including St. Mary’s, Calvert, and Charles, elect their commissioners based on which district they live in, rather than at-large, is making its way through the Maryland House of Delegates, reports Last week, the St. Mary’s commissioners voted to ask for a referendum on the matter.

A space firm in Lexington, KY, that conducts science experiments on the International Space Station says it has plans to launch its own miniature, automated orbital research platform in about two years, reports UPI.

Several thousand military members are among Texas residents who have received a two-month extension for filing their federal income tax returns and making tax payments, reports Military Times, because of the recent winter storm that slammed many areas of the state.

An F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to the “Fighting Swordsmen” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 launches from the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in the Atlantic Ocean on Feb. 28, 2021. Ike is on a routine deployment in the US 6th Fleet area of operations. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cameron Pinske)


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