June 25, 2018

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.

Multiplying Military Drones Challenge Safe Air Travel

Drone flight hours have tripled in shared US airspace since 2011 and the ongoing expansion of DoD drone flights will transform American aviation.

More than 400 Military Drones Crashed Since 2001

Military drones crashed into homes, farms, runways, highways, waterways and an Air Force C-130 Hercules transport plane in midair.

USS Mesa Verde, V-22 Ospreys Ordered to Gulf

CV-22 Osprey

The Mesa Verde provides quick-reaction forces and a complement of MV-22 Ospreys, which excel at evacuation operations.

70+ Riders to the Wall from Compass Hqtrs.

Dozens of local riders participate in 7th Annual Chief’s Ride to the Wall (CRTTW) in support of the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home and Rolling Thunder