July 17, 2019

Trump Gives Space Force to the Air Force

Space Force

Trump places the Space Force under the Air Force, although technically Congress needs to approve a sixth military branch.

Defense Bill Includes Submarine Launched Nuclear Weapon

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The Senate and House agreed on a $716 billion defense authorization bill which includes $65 million to develop a controversial new submarine-launched nuclear weapon, the Trident II D5 with a W76-2, aimed at deterring Russia.

NAS Pax River Is Draw for Tech Jobs

NerdWallet analyzed 381 metropolitan areas in the US with populations of more than 50,000 to identify the regions of the country that balance opportunity for tech workers with the cost of living. See where the California-Lexington Park area ranks on its list of the Best Places for Tech Jobs.

Though Under Scrutiny, F-35 Here to Stay

F-35 Here to Stay

Although Trump assailed the F-35’s cost, officials say only a modest order by the US Navy is really in question.

DefSec Contemplating Institutional Overhaul

SecDef Ash Carter is mapping an overhaul of command structure and authority, offering examples in a major address April 5.

Hornet Crashes, On Way Home

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The pilot was killed in an F-18 Super Hornet jet crash in England on its way home to the US from the ISIS air war.

Pentagon Says Weapon Program Costs are Falling

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DoD’s Selected Acquisitions Reports (SARs) are out for Dec. 2013 – Dec. 2014 and show some details of the Pentagon’s report of declining weapon costs.

US Unprepared for Major Cyber Attacks

New Normal on the Internet cyber

DISA and the US Cyber Command are doing a good job of preventing defense network cyber attacks but the rest of government is not as well protected.

Multiplying Military Drones Challenge Safe Air Travel

Drone flight hours have tripled in shared US airspace since 2011 and the ongoing expansion of DoD drone flights will transform American aviation.

Morning Coffee: US Seeks Cyber Transparency With China

DefSec Hagel in China to avert the escalating possibility of crippling cyber attacks and counterattacks between the United States and China.