July 18, 2019

Nebraska’s Flooding Overwhelms Offutt Air Force Base

Offutt

Floodwaters overwhelm one-third of Offutt Air Force Base, swamping dozens of buildings, much of the flight line, and prompted the evacuation of nine aircraft.

Navy & Partners Under ‘Dire’ Cyber Attacks

cyber attacks

National security secrets are spilling out from the Navy and its industry and academic partners from ongoing cyber attacks from Chinese and other hackers. An internal Navy review uncovered what officials call a “cyber siege” and equivalent to a deadly virus.

Shutdown Pain Keeps Growing

government shutdown

A quarter of the federal government has been partially closed for more than two weeks. Check out the growing list of shutdown-affected agencies here and on the Eastern Shore.

VA Leaves Millions Unspent for Suicide Outreach

Navy Suicides

Veterans Administration has spent only $57,000 out of $6.2 million set aside for suicide prevention and suicide outreach in the media in fiscal 2018, less than 1 percent, while a respected, retired Marine colonel becomes the fifth suicide since 2013 at the same Florida VA complex.

Retired Marine Col. Jim Turner became the fifth veteran at Bay Pines Department of Veterans Affairs in Florida to take his life, reports Military.com. He put on his dress uniform and medals and drove to the complex. He got out of his truck, sat down on top of his military records and took his own life with a rifle. He left a suicide note blasting the VA for failing to help him. He was remembered as a professional and a leader.

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.

Naval Aviation Ground Mishaps on Rise

Class C ground mishaps in naval aviation have doubled in the past decade. VADM DeWolfe Miller, Naval Air Forces chief, has made eliminating the mistakes his current No. 2 priority — behind the continued efforts to eliminate cockpit physiological episodes.

National Guard Begins Deployment at Border

National Guard

National Guard troops are being deployed to the US border with Mexico. DefSec Jim Mattis has specified that the Guard will assist the Department of Homeland Security but not perform law enforcement missions and will be armed only when necessary for self-defense.

DoD to Decentralize F-35 Program

F-35

The letter to the Pentagon announcing plans to decentralize the F35 program office came from the newly reconfigured office of the undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment. Each service running its own program is a more traditional model.