July 13, 2020

Art & Lifestyle:

Coronavirus Cases Spike Among Troops

Coronavirus Cases

The downward trend of COVID-19 cases among DoD-affiliated personnel has ended. Cases spiked 18% over the previous week among all employees and 20% among troops.

With Peace Deal, Troops Could Be Out of Afghanistan in 14 Months

Afghanistan

The US and the Taliban have signed a peace agreement aimed at ending the 18-year war in Afghanistan. If the Taliban meet their commitments, US troops would leave in 14 months.

With NAVAIR Help, CH-53K Engine Problems Fixed

NAVAIR CH-53K King Stallion

With the help of engineers from the Naval Air Systems Command, Sikorsky has solved its CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopter’s gas re-ingestion problem.

Israelis Test Stallion, Chinook at Pax River

NAVAIR CH-53K King Stallion

An Israeli delegation was at NAS Patuxent River testing the CH-53K King Stallion and the CH-47F Block II Chinook. Israel is looking to purchase 20 helicopters and upgrade its current fleet.

Pilot: Despite Testing Challenges, CH-53K ‘on the Right Track’

NAVAIR CH-53K King Stallion

The new CH-53K heavy lift helicopter has had some struggles during its past year of testing but it will emerge as a capable and reliable asset for the Marine Corps, says Lt. Gen. Rudder, a Marine aviator.

DoD Still at Risk of Cyber Intrusions

Fifty cybersecurity assessments of combatant commands and the military services by the Department of Defense reveal its missions and systems continue to be at risk of cyber intrusions, despite improvements in network defenses.

Expect a ‘Leaner, Agile’ Resurrected 2nd Fleet

2nd Fleet

The resurrected 2nd Fleet will become operational by early next year. The fleet will oversee the training of Navy forces on the East Coast. Expect the fleet to be “leaner, agile, and more expeditionary” than it was when deactivated in 2011.

Pentagon Hiring More Civilian Workers

DoD Fails Audit

The Pentagon is hiring more civilian employees to support expanding investments in cyber, intelligence, engineering, shipbuilding, and logistics.

RADM Gordon Peters New Boss at NAVAIR

RADM Gordon Peters will be the new boss of Naval Air Systems Command. He replaces VADM Paul Grosklags as the top officer at NAVAIR. Also at NAVAIR, RADM Brian Corey will replace RADM Mark Darrah as the program executive officer for unmanned aviation and strike weapons.

NAVAIR Hosts CH-53K Test Flight

CH-53K Test Flight

NAVAIR says the CH-53K King Stallion flew a 90-minute, first-of-its-kind, orientation test flight Nov. 7 at NAS Patuxent River for an Israeli Air Force official.