July 21, 2024

F-35’s Armory Is About to Get Bigger

F-35

The US Navy is launching an effort to procure four integrated advanced munitions — JASSM, LRASM, JAGM, and Hellfire missiles — on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Chinese Balloon: Spying or Blown Off Course?

Chinese Balloon

A Chinese balloon’s three-day trip across the US ended Saturday afternoon off the coast of South Carolina after an F-22 fighter jet fired a missile at the balloon, puncturing it. There is much criticism of how the incident was handled as well as many questions about what the balloon was for.

Latest US Aid Package to Ukraine Is Largest Yet

Aid Package

The latest package of military aid from the US is the biggest to date for Ukraine. The Defense Department will be delivering Bradleys and other infantry fighting vehicles armed with anti-tank missiles as part of a $3.75 billion assistance package.

Lawmakers Ask for Halt on Nice Bridge Demolition

Nice Bridge

Three Maryland lawmakers are urging the state Department of Transportation to pause plans to demolish the existing Gov. Harry Nice Memorial Bridge. They want a review conducted to determine the feasibility and cost of repurposing the old bridge for recreational use.

DoD Photos Take a Look Back at 2021

DoD

The Defense Department offers a glimpse into the lives and work of US military members across the globe in 2021 through the lenses of military photographers.

DoD Issues Report on Its Telework Practices

Telework

The Pentagon releases a new report on teleworking practices since the pandemic sent majority of employees to work from home. Among the findings: 47% of those responding said their productivity increased while working from home during the pandemic, 41% felt they were about as productive while teleworking as they were in the office, and nearly 12% felt their productivity slipped.

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.

McDonough Confirmed VA Secretary

Denis McDonough becomes the 2nd ever non-vet to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs. — confirmed this week by the US Senate. The former White House Chief of Staff under Obama he is looked to streamline and bring efficiency to the department.

US Sticks With Policy to Keep Turkey Out of F-35 Program

Turkey

The Biden administration is sticking with the policy of keeping Turkey out of the F-35 JSF program. The US urges Ankara not to keep the S-400 defense system it purchased from Russia in 2019. Turkey should instead invest in the American-made Patriot air defense missile system, the Pentagon says.

Space Force Now ‘Guardians’ of the Galaxy

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The US Navy has its sailors, the Army has soldiers. There are Marines and airman. The US Space Force troops will be called “guardians.”