November 20, 2017

Navy Reviewing Behavior, Reducing Ranks

Navy Reviewing Behavior

From the Fat Leonard scandal to a review of misconduct and poor performance, the US Navy will be clearing the ranks for younger sailors to move up.

GAO: F-35 Plagued With Problems

GAO Report F-35

A Government Accountability Office report says DoD’s new fleet of F-35 Lightning IIs is experiencing spare parts shortages and other sustainment problems that are hurting the readiness of the fighter jets.

Reaper Drones Help Combat Wildfires

drones fighting wildfires

Remotely piloted Air Force drones were put to work to help combat the recent California wildfires. MQ-9 Reapers from the Air National Guard’s 163rd Attack Wing were put into service in Northern California.

Message to Troops: Be Ready If Diplomacy Fails

Message to Troops: Be Ready If Diplomacy Fails

SecDef James Mattis tells troops their job is to “be ready” during North Korea diplomatic push. He urged members of the military to be ready if diplomacy breaks down.

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.”

Troops More Vulnerable to Data Breach Fallout?

New Normal on the Internet cyber

Active-duty service members are among the 143 million Americans affected by the Equifax data breach and might be more vulnerable to its potential fallout.

Problems Remain for F-35 JSF Helmet

Problems Remain for F-35 JSF Helmet

Problems still remain for the F-35 JSF’s helmet night-vision camera. Lockheed Martin officials said Friday they are aware of the issue and working to test potential solutions. Improvements to the software are underway and will be ready for testing in the fall.

Navy ID’s Sailors Killed in Destroyer Collision

Sailors Killed in Destroyer Collision

The Navy has identified the seven sailors who died when the destroyer USS Fitzgerald collided Saturday with a Filipino cargo ship off the coast of Japan. One of the sailors was from Maryland.

F-35 on the International Stage

F-35 on the International Stage

The US Air Force F-35 JSF is on its way to the Paris Air Show and the international stage. The show will be the jet’s first opportunity for international audiences to witness its aerodynamic capabilities.

Mattis: North Korea No. 1 US Threat

DefSec James Mattis

Persistent nuclear missile tests, despite international sanctions, moved North Korea above Russia to become the top threat to the United States.