September 23, 2017

VADM Sawyer to Lead 7th Fleet

Sawyer

VADM Phillip G. Sawyer, the new leader of the Navy’s troubled 7th Fleet, has arrived in Japan, replacing Joseph Aucoin, who was relieved last week after a second fatal collision involving one of his ships claimed the lives of 10 sailors.

Navy ID’s Sailors Killed in Destroyer Collision

Sailors Killed in Destroyer Collision

The Navy has identified the seven sailors who died when the destroyer USS Fitzgerald collided Saturday with a Filipino cargo ship off the coast of Japan. One of the sailors was from Maryland.

Is Trump’s F-35 a Mistake or Deal Maker?

F-35 costs rise

Industry analysts are trying to calibrate the F-35’s future from Trump’s F-35 tweets that it’s cost is ‘out of control’ and word of a multi-year block buy if Lockheed does not protest a buy of F/A-18s from Boeing.

Debate Over Military Budget Heating Up

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The debate over the military budget is heating up in Washington between the defense hawks on Capitol Hill and the fiscal hawks in the Trump administration.

What’s Ahead for Cybersecurity?

What's Ahead for Cybersecurity?

Trump likely to push for increased cybersecurity in government, and also increased digital surveillance and encryption workarounds: Not so much on cybersecurity regulations for businesses.

First US & Russian Military Meet-up Since ’14

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the top US and Russian generals will meet today, Thursday in Azerbaijan, the first meeting since military cooperation was suspended in 2014 amid Russian aggression in Ukraine.

New Ops Center for Atlantic Test Ranges

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Construction has begun of a new operations center for the US Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division’s Atlantic Test Ranges has begun. slated for completion in 2017. The project will boost the ATR’s ability to support simultaneous test operations for future and current naval aviation programs, including unmanned systems and virtual, live, and constructive battlespace environments.

Budget Caps Good for Spending Discipline

Not all bad, experts say: statutory budget caps keep the brake on defense spending.

Hypoxia Nagging Safety Problem in Some Aircraft

Pilots in F/A-18 Hornet variants and EA-18G Growler aircraft may be vulnerable to hypoxia-like symptoms.

Outgoing NavSec Supports Another BRAC

Increasing national defense costs on all fronts: pricing, sophistication of systems, rising non-traditional threats, and growing retiree expenses drives outgoing NavSec Mabus’ support for another BRAC, acknowledging the impact on the Navy and Marine Corps would be less severe than on the Army or Air Force.