January 16, 2019

Dems Open Session With Plan to End Shutdown

shutdown

With a special caveat to discuss border security later, House Democrats open the new session of Congress today with the goal of ending the government shutdown and reinstating a 1.9 percent federal pay raise Trump rescinded late last year.

Aircraft Big Winner in Defense Budget

Big Winner

House and Senate conference committees have finalized a $675 billion defense spending bill. Aircraft of all kinds are the overall winner.

Navy’s Newest Attack Submarine Joins Fleet

The Navy’s newest attack submarine, the USS Colorado, joined the fleet in a recent ceremony at Connecticut’s Naval Submarine Base. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer calls the submarine a “marvel of technology and innovation.”

New Effort to Coordinate DoD Research, Development

DoD Research

The Pentagon is drafting a list of desired technologies as part of a new modernization strategy to coordinate DoD’s research and development, including at US laboratories and government-funded research centers. The goal is to make sure that the military is aligned across the services.

1st Japanese-Built F-35A Unveiled

1st Japanese-Built F-35A Unveiled

What’s different about the Japan’s fifth F-35A fighter jet? While that country’s first four planes were delivered from Lockheed Martin’s Dallas/Fort Worth factory, this is the first Japanese built F-35A.

Concerns Mount Over Vulnerability to Cyberattacks

cyberattacks

The US is increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks as Russia & China advance their cyber-warfare and cyber-espionage capabilities to challenge the US. Already classified military hardware data has been stolen.

Pokémon a No-Go on Govt.-Issued Phones

Pokemon Go

The Pentagon urges troops and other DoD personnel not to play Pokemon Go on their government-issued cellphones, but there is no ban on playing the location-based augmented reality game on Defense Department property.

Obama: Troops Will Remain in Afghanistan

New realities lead to the president’s decision to leave a force in Afghanistan.

China Will Press US on Maritime Issues at Beijing Talks

south china sea

China is expected to pressure the US on maritime issues at talks in Beijing next week. Reports claim China is angry about an increased US military presence in the disputed South China Sea.