August 25, 2019

House Committee Passes $733B Defense Budget

Defense Policy Bill

The House Armed Services Committee passed a $733 billion defense policy bill.

Hornet Crash Was 2nd Involving Aircraft From the Reagan

An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan suffered what authorities believe was a “mechanical issue” during routine operations Monday over the Philippine Sea. The crew was forced to eject. It was the second crash in less than a month involving aircraft from the Reagan.

Unpredictable Spending Costing DoD Vendors

Pentagon

Unpredictable Pentagon spending has DoD vendors leaving the marketplace. The defense industrial base is shrinking, research and development stagnant, meaning the weapons systems of tomorrow are not being developed today.

Early Risers Thursday Could See Launch

Launch

NASA says the launch of the Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket is now scheduled for early Thursday morning, June 29, with a launch window between 4:15 and 4:45 am. This will be the 11th time the launch has been attempted at the Wallops Flight Facility. Southern Maryland skies are in the launch’s viewing range.

Morning Coffee: When Can UAVs Strike Americans?

Obama’s recent tightening of guidelines for the use of CIA attack UAVs is hampering efforts to eliminate a suspected American al-Qaida operative.

Ice Cap Melt Puts Arctic Strategy on Front Burner

The ice cap is melting faster than anticipated and commercial interest accelerating prompting the US to think strategically about security in the Arctic.