February 25, 2018

‘Open Mic’ for Defense Spending

The House Armed Services Committee invites any congressman to testify Tuesday on what the defense policy bill for FY16 should include.

Compass Leads Growing UAS Industry

Local designation as an FAA-approved UAV test-site builds the UAS industry already developing near NAS Pax River, such as Compass Systems, Inc.

No Defense Against Some Cyber Espionage

Hack the Air Force

Newly detected malware affecting institutional computer networks worldwide is a form of cyber espionage that can’t always be removed.

Drones Rules More Liberal Than Expected

FAA drones rules proposal showing more flexibility on commercial use than had been anticipated.

No Sequestration Cuts This Year

The defense budget is expected to slightly decline through 2016 then gradually increase until 2021.

Naval Aircraft Crashes Grew in 2014

In 2014, the Navy again reached its high of 14 Class A flight mishaps in a year. The numbers had been dropping since the last 14 mishaps in 2008.

JSF Gun on Schedule says DoD

Attack Aircraft

“Misreporting” is to blame for claims that the JSF gun would not be ready on schedule, in 2017, says a Pentagon spokesman. Testing begins this year.

Black Dart Unveils a Local Star

Black Dart, a decade-long series of live, large-scale exercises of UAS, opened exercises to the media this year, spotlighting a UAV flown by Compass Systems, Inc. of Lexington Park, MD.

Still A Chance F-35 Could Fly to Farnborough

“Excessive rubbing” of fan blades in F-35 engines have grounded the fleet but there’s hope it will fly to the UK air show yet.

Services Contractors Face New Challenges

Federal services contractors are responding to government spending reductions, changing customer demands and increasing competition.