January 16, 2019

Navy Plans Two Carriers, One Contract

Aircraft carriers

The Navy plans to commit $24 billion to buy two new Ford-class aircraft carriers under the same contract, a commitment that should save 5 to 10 percent over buying each carrier separately.

McConnell Says, “Russians Are Not Our Friends”

McConnell

Senate Majority Leader notes alleged meddling in US and European elections and the 2014 annexation of Crimea, saying, “The Russians are not our friends … [they] are acting like the old Soviet Union used to act,”

First Loss of F-35B for Marine Corps

F-35B

An F-35B that erupted into flames caused by a faulty bracket nearly two years ago has been struck by the Marine Corps, making it the first loss of an F-35 for the corps. The corps made the determination that the costs to repair the fighter would not be worth the return on investment.

Can Navy Maintain Superiority at Sea?

The chief of naval operations says the US Navy needs to rediscover its momentum and “get a fire in our gut.” ADM John Richardson was speaking on how the service can maintain its superiority at sea.

F-35s Made for Modern Electronic Warfare

F-35

An analysis of the F-35 finds the joint strike fighter an excellent fit into the demands of modern electronic warfare.

Reaper Drones Help Combat Wildfires

drones fighting wildfires

Remotely piloted Air Force drones were put to work to help combat the recent California wildfires. MQ-9 Reapers from the Air National Guard’s 163rd Attack Wing were put into service in Northern California.

What’s Next for Federal Contractors?

Donald Trump federal contractors

As the clock ticks down to the end of the Obama era federal contractors are wondering what’s next?

More Delays for USS Gerald R. Ford

USS Gerald R. Ford

The USS Gerald R. Ford, with its $13 billion price tag, is the most expensive warship in history. Already two years behind schedule, it faces more delays after the Pentagon’s top weapons tester concluded the ship is still not ready for combat.

The F-35 Stealth Fighter’s Worst Enemy

What is the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter’s biggest threat? Some analysts believe it’s the fifth-generation Russian PAK FA stealth fighter, and that country has built six prototypes of the jet.

DoD Chiefs to Post-Election Successors: Stick to Priorities

Pentagon

Pentagon leaders will urge their successors to focus on cyber, space, nuclear deterrent and electronic warfare, regardless of who wins the presidency.