July 17, 2019

Congress Backs Big Military Pay Raise – But Not Medical Job Cuts

military raise

House lawmakers follow Senate recommendations and back a 3.1 percent military pay raise, the largest in a decade. The recommendations also block plans to cut 18,000 defense medical jobs.

Tensions Escalating in Persian Gulf

Persian Gulf

Tensions between the United States and Iran continue to escalate. Over the weekend, the FAA warned that current tensions in the Persian Gulf area could pose a threat to air travel in that region.

Unmanned Fleet: Duties Hazy, Need Clear

unmanned fleet

Pressure from China and Russia convinces Navy officials of the need for an unmanned fleet, even without a specific plan for integration into what will become a shift in the composition of the entire fleet.

VADM: F-35 Program Could Be Hurt If Plan With Turkey Is Nixed

Defense Trade

Morning Coffee is a robust blend of links to news around the internet concerning the Naval Air Station Patuxent River economic community. The opinions expressed here do not reflect opinions of the Leader’s owners or staff. F-35 program manager VADM Mathias Winter tells Capitol Hill lawmakers that if Turkey is ejected from the F-35 program, it would deal an immediate blow to the production rate for new planes and place fresh stress on an already strained supply chain, reports Breaking Defense. NAWCAD Lakehurst has adapted weapons loaders for the F-35B, reports dcmilitary.com. The modified support equipment gives the Lightning II more…

Who Has the Highest Share of High-Tech Jobs in US?

Restoration Advisory Board

A recent study reveals the top areas across the US known for their output of high-tech products and services. No. 1 is California-Lexington Park, MD, with the highest share of high-tech jobs.

Deteriorating Propeller Blades Ground C-130s

Safety Stand Down

The Air Force grounded 60 C-130H Hercules aircraft after a review found their pre-1971 propeller blades could be susceptible to dangerous cracking. Five of those C-130s have had their blades replaced and returned to flying status.

Private Spacecraft Heads to the Moon

moon

The first privately funded spacecraft is scheduled to launch Thursday from Florida to the moon. The aircraft is propelled by a Falcon rocket from Elon Musk’s space company SpaceX.

Air Force Tries New Hypoxia Fix for T-6

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After years of T-6 hypoxia scares the Air Force thinks it has the fix with a completely redesigned On-Board Oxygen System that takes design ideas from the F-15E Strike Eagle, in which hypoxia is virtually unheard of, and from the A-10 Warthog.

F-35 Brings Billions to Md.’s Economy

F-35

The F-35 is expected to add $2 billion to Maryland’s economy over the next decade, and almost 6,000 civilian and military jobs to the region.

Is Acting DefSec Playing Favorites?

Acting DefSec Patrick Shanahan’s remarks during his 18 months at the Pentagon have spurred accusations that he is boosting his former employer Boeing, fueling questions about whether he harbors a bias against other big military contractors.