February 25, 2018

Defense Spending Bill Winds Toward House Floor

Republican leadership struggles to keep spending bill on track with NSA surveillance funds intact and without restrictions regarding actions in Egypt or Syria.

F-35 Budget Flies through Senate, Costs Predicted to Fall

Obama calls for nuclear reductions, Hagel says military will sustain nuclear weapons and delivery platforms. Nuclear Employment Strategy released.

Budget Cuts All Services & Contractor Pay, But Stocks Rise

A re-work of furlough scheduling qualifies Navy employees for unemployment insurance and a re-think of tactical nuclear strikes is needed now says a Pentagon-respected think-tank.

Triton Flies, Budget Micromanaged, No Funds for BRAC

As defense budgets are marked up, drones clear hurdles technically and philosophically.

Navy’s Drones Could Determine U.S. Airpower for Decades

Investing in smarter drones could determine the future, which includes carriers no matter what, say Navy officials.

Furloughs Are In & First X-47B Carrier Launch Lands at Pax

Eleven furlough days announced same day as first carrier catapult launch of X-47B UCAS. Also, how ‘drones’ were named.

Supply Chain, Software Hampers Weapons Systems

F-35C JSF night takeoff

F-35, other programs facing manufacturing issues.

Hiring Fell in March As Employers Watched Economy

office workers

Also down: Pentagon contracts and government cybersecurity salaries.

China Steps Up UAV Development

Observers surprised at China’s speed, legislators crave drone jobs for constituents.

JCS Chair Dempsey: $52B Sequester Cuts “Impossible”

JCS Chief Dempsey

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 necessarily reflect those of the Leader’s owners or staff. Joint Chiefs Chairman Dempsey said it’s “impossible” for Pentagon to make $52 billion in sequester cuts to its 2014 budget, reports The Hill. Canada’s wish list:  UAVs that can resupply Arctic rescue missions, Defense News says. The Global Observer drone is a dud, Wired says. Government contractors:  Time for a heart-to-heart talk with your contracting officer, Washington Technology advises. (paywall) Partnership for Public…