May 21, 2019

Central Control Elusive for Navy’s Unmanned Systems

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The increasingly diverse portfolio of the Navy’s unmanned systems is creating a jumble of control systems and creating problems for a force that hopes robot ships, aircraft, and submarines will help it regain a significant advantage over rivals China and Russia.

Death-Defying F35 Maneuvers on Display

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Long in coming, but now that it has arrived, the F35 fighter jet is winning over pilots and spectators with its death defying capabilities.

Integrity of US Electoral Systems Put to the Test?

DoD sent cyber personnel to work with the Department of Homeland Security ahead of today’s voting in an effort to prevent or respond to election hacking attempts. Some experts remain concerned about the risk of foreign interference, vote hacking and fraud.

Lives Depend on Sailors Ready to Fight

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If the Navy’s going to win the next war against a great or rising power, America’s chief petty officers must prepare deck-plate sailors to be ready to fight. Message from ADM John Richardson: Prepare yourselves and your sailors now because all of your lives depend on it.

Can Navy Maintain Superiority at Sea?

The chief of naval operations says the US Navy needs to rediscover its momentum and “get a fire in our gut.” ADM John Richardson was speaking on how the service can maintain its superiority at sea.

Organizational Changes Likely in Pacific Fleet

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The US Navy is pressing toward a major organizational change that could strip US Pacific Fleet of some or all of its functions and consolidate that power under US Fleet Forces Command on the East Coast.

F-35B Makes First Sloped Landings

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The F-35B is taking to the skies over Bogue, North Carolina. The short-takeoff-and-vertical-landing fighter is scheduled to continue sloped surface vertical-landing tests through late February 2018.

Defense Acquisition Addressed in Authorization Bill

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A provision in the defense authorization bill would let government buy through existing online marketplaces such as Amazon, Walmart, and Staples.

McCain Leadership Removed for ‘Preventable’ Collision

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The fatal collision of the USS John S. McCain was “preventable, the commanding officer exercised poor judgement, and the executive officer exercised poor leadership of the ship’s training program,” according to Navy findings.

What’s Key to F-35’s Future?

Lower costs and international buyers are what the F-35 fighter jet needs to meet the number of aircraft the Pentagon can buy; $3.7 billion interim payment heading to Lockheed Martin for 50 F-35s earmarked for non-US customers.