June 22, 2021

Art & Lifestyle:

Got LEGOs? Build a Lighthouse -

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Fabric Artist’s Work Featured at Lex Park Library -

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Tech Bridge Lecture Series Continues -

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Students Can STEAM Into Summer -

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

MQ-25 Conducts First-Ever Unmanned Aerial Refueling

MQ-25

The MQ-25 Stingray program’s first-ever aerial refueling of a manned receiver aircraft by an unmanned tanker was successful. The test took place June 4 out of MidAmerica Airport in Illinois.

55 Marylanders in Naval Academy’s Class of ’21

Naval Academy

The US Naval Academy held its commencement Friday in Annapolis with Vice President Kamala Harris giving the keynote address. There were 1,084 graduates and 55 of them were Marylanders.

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.

Biden Proposes $715B Defense Budget

Defense Budget

President Joe Biden has rolled out his defense budget for the next fiscal year. He is asking $715 billion for the Pentagon. The FY22 proposed budget represents a 1.6% increase over this year.

GOP Lawmakers Urge Hike in Defense Budget

Defense Budget

Eight GOP lawmakers, led by House Armed Services Committee member Mike Rogers, are urging President Joe Biden to increase the defense budget by 3% to 5%. They say the hike would be a prudent investment to stay ahead of China and other threats.

Sea Breeze 2020 Exercise Aims to Deter Russia

Sea Breeze

More than 2,000 troops from eight countries took part in training exercise Sea Breeze 2020 in the Black Sea region. “Conducting operations in the Black Sea ensures stability throughout the region,” said the US Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa commander.

New NAVSEA Commander Takes Helm

New NAVSEA Commander Takes Helm

VADM Bill Galinis took over command of Naval Sea Systems Command last week. He relieves VADM Thomas Moore, who is retiring after 39 years in the service.

Pentagon Reopening Brings Back Some Staff

transition

The first phase of the Pentagon’s reopening is bringing back some employees who had previously been ordered to stay home and opening select entrances to the building.

In Indo-Pacific Region, a Massive Show of US Naval Force

Indo-Pacific

While China builds up its military outposts in the South China Sea, putting missile and electronic warfare systems on them, the US and other allies have beefed up operations. For the first time in nearly three years, three American aircraft carriers are patrolling the Indo-Pacific waters, a massive show of naval force.

DefSec: Here’s How Navy Reaches 355-Ship Fleet

355-ship fleet

DefSec Mark Esper says he is committed to a bigger, but much lighter, naval force. He lays out the steps on how the Navy can reach the 355-ship fleet goal.