June 23, 2024

DoD Plans $10B in Cuts to Weapons Programs

Weapons Programs

The US Department of Defense plans cuts to some of its weapons programs — F-35 fighter jets, an attack submarine, Army helicopters and drones, and Air Force overhead — to stay under congressionally mandated spending caps. The department will make $10 billion in cuts to its 2025 budget.

DoD Funds 8 New Microelectronics Commons Hubs

Microelectronics

The US Defense Department will award $238 million to eight regional “innovation hubs” around the country which will be a part of the new Microelectronics Commons. The hubs are expected to spur development of a domestic microelectronics manufacturing industry. Three of the hubs are located on the East Coast in Massachusetts, North Carolina, and New York.

CNO Confident Navy Gets Bigger Budget Portion

CNO

While competition for defense funds is high among the services, Chief of Naval Operations ADM Mike Gilday is confident the Navy Department has a “sound case” for getting a bigger piece of the defense budget.

Japan Upgrades F-35’s Strike Capabilities

Rising tensions in northeast Asia spurs Japan to upgrade its F-35’s strike capabilities with advanced air-to-surface missiles.

Concerns Remain Over Election Hacking

Primary Election

Federal officials express concern that Russia will use its cyber capabilities to try to disrupt today’s presidential election.

Cyber Weaponry a Considered Option in Syria

A Senate committee narrowly supports a US strike in Syria with time and force restrictions while private discussions at the Pentagon, Fort Meade and D.C. include cyber options.