June 20, 2019

Ice-Diminishing Arctic Effects on Navy Considered

Arctic

The Patuxent Partnership is co-hosting an event in Washington, DC, that will focus on the effects of climate change on the US Navy, especially in the Arctic.

Rural Cooperatives Host Legislative Conference

Rural Cooperatives

House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer spoke at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association legislative conference recently.

Central Control Elusive for Navy’s Unmanned Systems

UAS Squadron

The increasingly diverse portfolio of the Navy’s unmanned systems is creating a jumble of control systems and creating problems for a force that hopes robot ships, aircraft, and submarines will help it regain a significant advantage over rivals China and Russia.

Is Another Shutdown on the Horizon?

Defense Policy Bill

The deal reached to reopen the federal government gives President Donald Trump and Congress until Feb. 15 to reach a new deal to prevent another partial shutdown.

Naval Academy Falling Apart

naval academy

A Naval Audit Service’s report says the US Naval Academy had decaying walls, plumbing issues, and condemned offices and balconies, determining the college’s infrastructure has degraded to the point of threatening its ability to train midshipmen.

Supersonic Plane Enters Production

Supersonic

Lockheed Martin’s experimental supersonic plane has officially entered production. Earlier this year, NASA awarded the company a contract to develop an aircraft capable of reaching supersonic speed without creating the sonic boom that comes with breaking the sound barrier.

Congress Wants Details of Afghan Strategy

Appearing in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee this week, DefSec James Mattis described the US’ Afghanistan strategy as “R4+S” — “regionalize, realign, reinforce, reconcile, and sustain.”

DoD Gets Staffing Boost as Senate Confirms

Pentagon

Republicans and Democrats broke their stalemate this week and confirmed eight Pentagon appointees including the Navy Secretary and the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition.

Viterito Named to Journal Editorial Board

Viterito

A professor at the College of Southern Maryland has been named to the editorial board of the Journal of Environment Pollution and Climate Change. Dr. Arthur Viterito, a professor of geography at CSM since 2002, has been named an executive editor of the newly launched publication.

Climate Change Talk Fills the House

“I’ve seen enough evidence.” It’s no hoax, climate scientist John Walsh tells to a packed Auerbach Auditorium at The Patuxent Partnership and SMCM Center for the Study of Democracy event.