May 21, 2018

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.”

Pentagon Taking Aim at F-35 Cost

Pentagon Taking Aim at F-35 Cost

The Pentagon has taken over an effort to cut the cost of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter as it tries to make a program estimated to cost $400 billion more affordable.

Military Offering Relief in Wake of Irma

Relief in the Wake of Hurricane Irma

Members of the military are being kept busy with relief operation efforts following Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.

Thunderbolt, F-15E Lead Fight Against ISIS

A-10 Thunderbolt

Older US Air Force jets — the A-10 Thunderbolt II and the F-15E Strike Eagle — are leading the air war against the Islamic State. Military fighter-attack jets, bombers, and drones have dropped more than 67,000 bombs since the 2014 start of Operation Inherent Resolve.

Work Asks: “How Does Fear Play Out … Between Unmanned Systems?”

Artificial intelligence changes conflict, says DepDefSec Robert Work about the nature of war, which is.a collision of will, fear, uncertainty, and chance.