April 21, 2019

NATO Arctic Exercise Hits Cold War Levels

Arctic

NATO’s Trident Juncture opens this week, a month of NATO military exercises in the Arctic, involving troops operating in the air, on land, and at sea. This year anticipates the biggest show of force since the Cold War with 50,000 troops in place around the Arctic Circle.

Defense Spending Bills Taking Shape

Defense Spending

Both the House and Senate are proposing $675B in defense spending. The House passed its version of the defense appropriations bill last week. Lawmakers will return after the holiday to reconcile their differences in the legislation.

Military Aviation Crashes See Big Spike

Aviation Crashes

US Navy aviation mishaps have increased 82 percent in the past five years, the biggest spikes in accidents among all four services. Mishaps involving the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet have jumped 108 percent over the same time period.

Boeing Loses Canada Hornet Deal to Australia

Hornet

Canada dashes Boeing’s hopes for a buy of 18 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet jets, instead seeking an interim buy of used F/A-18 Hornets from Australia.