July 15, 2020

Art & Lifestyle:

More Contractors Than Troops Fight and Die in the Middle East

Since 2001, an estimated 8,000 military contractors for US companies have died on duty in the Middle East. That figure is 1,000 more than US troops who have been killed. About 53,000 US contractors were in the Middle East last year, compared with 35,000.

Navy Says Goodbye to the ‘Blueberries’

Blueberries

The Type I Navy Working Uniform, called the “blueberry,” will no longer be authorized for wear. Blueberries are being discontinued today, Oct. 1, after an 11-year run.

China Lake at Epicenter of Quakes

China Lake

Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake was identified as the epicenter of the two major July 4 and 5 earthquakes and many more smaller quakes. The base remains “not mission capable” and closed to all but essential personnel. Water and power had been restored to most of the base by Tuesday.

F-35 Costs Skyrocket With Upgrades

F-35

The F-35 “Block 4” upgrades will add billions more to the cost of the fighter jet: research and procurement increased by $22 billion, operation and support across six decades grew by $73 billion to $1.196 trillion.

Unmanned Fleet: Duties Hazy, Need Clear

unmanned fleet

Pressure from China and Russia convinces Navy officials of the need for an unmanned fleet, even without a specific plan for integration into what will become a shift in the composition of the entire fleet.

China Expands Armed Drones Sales: DoD Reports on Whose Buying Them

armed drones

The mandated DoD reports says China completed more than $20 million in sales, with the country’s second largest arms sales going to the Middle East and North Africa and notes the uptick is the likely result of an increased demand for armed drones.

McCain Leadership Removed for ‘Preventable’ Collision

McCain

The fatal collision of the USS John S. McCain was “preventable, the commanding officer exercised poor judgement, and the executive officer exercised poor leadership of the ship’s training program,” according to Navy findings.

Carriers, Contractors & Civilians on Report’s Hit List

Despite a successful landing exercise aboard the Ford aircraft , a recent study of the DoD budget versus expanding global threats suggests the production be halted. Other suggestions include a 5 percent cut in the civilian workforce and 8,000 contractors.

Aging Aircraft Forces Trips to the ‘Boneyard’

Lives for older aircraft are being stretched as waits have lengthened for delivery of the F-35 series.

Showtime at Farnborough: T-100, UCAVs, F-35

Lots to look at at Farnborough, from trainers to fighters, to unmanned combat aerial vehicles.