December 19, 2018

DoD Wants More F-35s in the Air

Big Winner

It’s a tall order from DefSec Jim Mattis, but the US needs more F-35s in the air. Ellen Lord, under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, says they’ll get it done.

Trump Shifts Military From Counterterrorism to Competition

counterterrorism

The Trump administration shifts US military focus from counterterrorism to competition with peer adversaries such as China.

New Performance Incentives for F-35, Not for Industry

F-35 Pax Rver

Lockheed’s contract for future F-35s is tied to performance incentives, but DoD efforts to tie all defense contracts to performance indicators has been withdrawn in the face of industry and congressional outcry.

Arms Sales Rise for First Time Since 2010

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Global arms sales by the world’s top 100 defense contractors rose last year for the first time since 2010,

First DoD-Wide Audit Announced

Pentagon Jobs

The Pentagon’s office of the inspector general announced the start of the first agencywide financial audit. Beginning in 2018, audits will occur annually.

US Assembles Military Might in Pacific

Military Might

The US is amassing its military power in the Pacific region.

Is F-35 ‘Ready to Go at 50 Below’?

'ready to go at 50 below'

Along with everything else, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has to operate in harsh weather conditions. A series of tests is slated for Eielson AFB in Alaska, with the motto, “Ready to Go at 50 Below!”