September 19, 2020

Art & Lifestyle:

GM Pool to Close Temporarily for Maintenance -

Saturday, September 19, 2020

‘Water Taxi’ Painting Donated to Museum -

Friday, September 18, 2020

4 Drive-Thru Vaccination Clinics Planned -

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Deadline for Crab Pot Pitch Is Sept. 21 -

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Trump Gives Space Force to the Air Force

Space Force

Trump places the Space Force under the Air Force, although technically Congress needs to approve a sixth military branch.

Is Acting DefSec Playing Favorites?

Acting DefSec Patrick Shanahan’s remarks during his 18 months at the Pentagon have spurred accusations that he is boosting his former employer Boeing, fueling questions about whether he harbors a bias against other big military contractors.

Air Force Plugging F-35 Cybersecurity Holes

F-35 software

The F-35’s external support systems are deemed the easiest entry points for hackers, leading the Air Force to increase efforts to plug F-35 cybersecuirty holes.

Pax River Has a Banner Building Year

NAS Pax River aerial view

Pax River completed a $10 million, two-story addition to the Atlantic Test Range headquarters and a $46 million second aircraft prototyping facility. The base was also awarded $41 million to add more housing this year and $67 million to design a new medical and dental clinic.

F-35 Operating Costs Targeted by US & Europe

F35 Operating Costs

The US military and Europe officials partner to minimize F-35 operating costs to assure sustainment and future purchase goals can be reached.

Trump Cancels Federal Workers’ Pay Raise

Trump

President Donald Trump wants to freeze federal workers’ pay in 2019.

More Remains Could Be Returned from No. Korea

More Remains Could Be Returned from No. Korea

DefSec Jim Mattis said that relations between the US and North Korea may be warming to the point that US forces could be allowed to return there to find more war remains of US servicemembers.

Defense Spending Bills Taking Shape

Defense Spending

Both the House and Senate are proposing $675B in defense spending. The House passed its version of the defense appropriations bill last week. Lawmakers will return after the holiday to reconcile their differences in the legislation.

The F-35 Goes to War

F-35 Enters Combat

The Israeli F-35 became the first to enter combat, according to the head of Israel’s Air Force. The F-35s were used in two recent strikes in Syria, he said.

US Revising Rules on Military Drone Exports

Military Drone Exports

President Trump signed a memorandum late last week that revises rules for export of military drones, including big target and long-range reconnaissance drones such as the Predator and Reaper aircraft.