April 22, 2019

Is Another Shutdown on the Horizon?

Is Another Shutdown on the Horizon?

The deal reached to reopen the federal government gives President Donald Trump and Congress until Feb. 15 to reach a new deal to prevent another partial shutdown.

Navy Will Consolidate JSF Operations on West Coast

The Navy plans to deactivate the Grim Reapers of Strike Fighter Squadron 101 at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, consolidating JSF operations NAS Lemoore on the West Coast.

US Defense Trade Up Over Last Year

Defense Trade

Through the first two quarters of this fiscal year, the US has signed $46.9 billion in weapons sales to foreign partners and allies — smashing past the $41.9B figure from all of fiscal 2017.

Pentagon Creates New Joint AI Office

Pentagon Creates New Joint AI Office

A new Joint Artificial Intelligence Center at the Pentagon will have oversight over almost all service and defense agency AI efforts.

GAO: Pilot Shortage Growing Worse

Pilot Shortage F-35

A new report from the Government Accountability Office shows just how bad the military fighter pilot shortage has become.

Buffett Earns Navy’s Highest Civilian Award

Buffett Earns Civilian Award

Recording artist Jimmy Buffett was presented with the Superior Public Service Award by NavSec Richard V. Spencer for supporting the Navy and Marine Corps. It’s the highest award that can be given to a civilian not employed by the Navy. The award was presented last week during a concert at the US Naval Academy.

No Tanks Will Roll in Trump’s Parade

No Tanks Will Roll in Trump's Parade

President Donald Trump’s Veterans Day military parade will include wheeled military vehicles, but no tanks. This is to prevent “damage to local infrastructure,” the Pentagon says. The parade will, however, include a “heavy air component” at the end.

VADM Suggests Incentive Pay, Bonuses to Keep Pilots

VADM Robert P. Burke believes the Navy may need to offer aviation incentive pay and aviation bonuses to help retain pilots. “We continue to face challenges within some historically retention-challenged communities, particularly among aviators in specific model/type/series platforms,” Burke told Congress.

Russian Jet Buzzes Navy Poseidon

poseidon

A Navy P-8A Poseidon flying over the Black Sea was rocked when a Russian jet flew just 50 feet in front of the American aircraft, leaving the Poseidon in the fighter’s afterburners.

Analyst: Space Corps ‘Not Dead at All’

Analyst: Space Corps 'Not Dead at All'

Though the defense policy bill passed by Congress won’t create a new branch of the military dedicated to space, it does make changes that lay the groundwork for a Space Corps to become a reality in the near future. One analyst says, “This issue is not dead at all.”