December 5, 2023

No Votes Lost, Lots of Vets Elected


The government’s cyber-security agency found no evidence of any voting irregularities across the nation during the 2022 midterm elections held last week. With some race not yet called that could add more veterans to the 118 Congress in January 2023, there are already more vets elected to Congress than in more than a decade.

13% Decrease in FY’22 Defense Contracting

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Federal contract spending declined by 7% in fiscal 2022, driven largely by a 13% decrease in defense spending, which offset the 5% increase in contract spending among civilian agencies.

US Defends Affirmative Action Citing Military

Arguing before the Supreme Court to uphold affirmative action, the government included service academies and civilian institutions alike, noting among other defenses of the inclusive policy: that a diverse officer corps is necessary for national security.

Ukraine Makes Plea for Weapons


The list of countries around the globe promising military weapons to Ukraine is growing.

Hypersonic Weapons Worry Congress

Concerned with a gap in the military’s ability to detect low-flying hypersonic weapons, lawmakers want the Pentagon to deliver a progress report by the end of November on its efforts to use radar to detect the weapons that can travel in excess of five times the speed of sound, covering vast distances in minutes.

Hicks Looks to Become Deputy DefSec

Kathleen Hicks

Kathleen Hicks received little pushback from senators during her confirmation hearing which included her openness to changing budget traditions to drive joint activity.

Trump Visits Arlington on Veterans Day


President Donald Trump appears for the first time since losing the presidential race to Joe Biden to attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Veterans Day.

Academy Grads Hear: COVID-19 Is Part of the Mission

“As new threats continue to emerge, you must remain ready, vigilant, and prepared to defend our country, our people, and our way of life,” DefSec addresses the Naval Academy’s first virtual graduation ceremony.

NAWCAD to Lead So. MD Tech Bridge

Tech Bridge

NAWCAD is named to lead Southern Maryland’s Tech Bridge to help local leverage and fund innovations of non-traditional military partners. James Geurts, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition made the announcement Tuesday.

Pentagon Dismisses Criticism of F-35 Program

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 reflect opinions of the Leader’s owners or staff. Lt. Gen. Eric Fick took exception to recent criticism of the F-35 JSF program by SpaceX founder Elon Musk, reports Defense News. The Pentagon’s head of the F-35 Lightning II JPO countered Musk by saying that the jet will be relevant for decades to come. “I’m happy to see what comes next, be it manned or unmanned, but I think the F-35 is going…