July 21, 2019

Pax River Health Clinic Captain Fired

Capt. Lisa Raimondo

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Capt. Lisa Raimondo

Capt. Lisa Raimondo was relieved of command of the Pax River Navy Health Clinic.

Navy fires the captain and the command master chief at Naval Air Station Patuxent River’s Naval Health Clinic, citing, “a loss of confidence in the commander’s ability to command due to a significant lack of leadership and integrity that eroded good order and discipline in the command,” according to Navy Times.

The International Test and Evaluation Association looks to increase membership after a three-year hiatus, The Enterprise reports.

Navy officials brief the Calvert County commissioners on upcoming testing of the X-47B, The Bay Net reports.

The Navy will begin reviewing proposals for a sixth-generation replacement for the F/A-18 (paywall) Hornet this week, Inside Defense reports.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey took the stage at the Pentagon Friday to slam sequestration, AOL Defense reports. Defense News reports that the Pentagon is teaming up with industry leaders to pressure Congress to act. Congressional Republicans float the idea of creating House and Senate working groups to resolve sequestration cuts, The Hill reports. Time notes that there is six months to go before the cuts take effect.

The Army announces new “sense and avoid” gear that they say will allow drones to fly in domestic airspace, AOL Defense reports. Meanwhile, University of Texas students hijack a domestic drone with $1,000 in equipment while Homeland Security officials watch, according to the Toronto Sun. Wired reports that the former Afghanistan commander is skeptical of drones’ abilities.

The governor of Okinawa rejects the deployment of the V-22 Osprey on his island, due to protests over the safety of the aircraft, Defense News reports.

DARPA’s next generation spy drone contest does not generate a winner, Wired reports.

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