April 19, 2024

Navy Recruiting Down; Army, Air Force OK

Recruitment

Reversing previous years’ shortfalls, the Army and Air Force are on track to meet recruiting goals this year, but not the Navy. While improving, the Navy hit less than 70% of its recruiting goals for the first half of fiscal 2024.

DoD Plans $10B in Cuts to Weapons Programs

Weapons Programs

The US Department of Defense plans cuts to some of its weapons programs — F-35 fighter jets, an attack submarine, Army helicopters and drones, and Air Force overhead — to stay under congressionally mandated spending caps. The department will make $10 billion in cuts to its 2025 budget.

Confidence in US Military Lowest in 25 Yrs.

American confidence in the United States military — 60% — is at its lowest point in 25 years, according to a new Gallup poll. The all-time low came in 1981, on the heels of the Iran hostage crisis.

DoD Issues Report on Its Telework Practices

Telework

The Pentagon releases a new report on teleworking practices since the pandemic sent majority of employees to work from home. Among the findings: 47% of those responding said their productivity increased while working from home during the pandemic, 41% felt they were about as productive while teleworking as they were in the office, and nearly 12% felt their productivity slipped.

Base Communities Shaken Over Attacks

Base Communities Shakened Over Attacks

Navy communities in Pensacola, Pearl Harbor and Virginia are shaken and stunned after attacks over six days last week left seven people dead and nearly a dozen wounded.

Triton UAS Demonstrates Key Capabilities

East Coast Drone Hub Lands in Mayport

The US Navy’s MQ-4C Triton UAS, in flight, demonstrates two key capabilities: exchanging full motion video feedback with the P-8A Poseidon using a common data link, and creating ate situational awareness for P-8 aircrew by tracking a target with its electro-optical/infrared digital camera.

F-35 Scores Big Buy & Big Success

Superlative F-35 results from sea tests with the USS Nimitz precede a DoD award to Lockheed for 43 more JSFs for the US & 5 more countries.

DoD Cybersecurity Improvements on Tap

Restructuring DISA will create a more comprehensive cybersecurity defense strategy and secure the DoD information network (DoDIN).

FY14 Pentagon Funding Uncertainty “Extraordinary Situation”

Three very different 2014 DOD funding scenarios are still being considered a month and a half into the fiscal year.

Continuing Resolution Passes the Senate

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The House must now approve Senate amendments and forward the bill to Obama to avoid a shutdown.