November 24, 2017

US Assembles Military Might in Pacific

Military Might

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

USS Bush Makes Its Way to Persian Gulf

USS Bush

The first US aircraft carrier of Trump presidency entered the Persian Gulf last week. The USS George H.W. Bush’s overall mission is to provide a base for airstrikes against the Islamic State group.

Upgraded Tomahawk System Delivered to Fleet

Tomahawk

The US Navy has delivered an upgraded Tactical Tomahawk Weapons Control System to the fleet. The Tomahawk Weapons System Program Office has maintained the system since 2004 with incremental updates, but to ensure future viability, software modernization was required.

Navy Eliminates Office Overseeing Warfare UAVs

Triton

The Navy’s Office of Unmanned Warfare Systems has been eliminated, and its functions are being distributed to other offices. OPNAV N99 was set up less than two years ago to oversee the warfare development of UAVs by then-NavSec Ray Mabus.

Carver Is VX-23’s New CO

Navy Cmdr. James Carver relieves Marine Lt. Col. Kevin Erker as commanding officer of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 23 after serving as the squadron’s chief test pilot since October 2014. Cmdr. Johannes Jolly assumed duties as VX-23’s chief test pilot.

Has F-35 JSF Turned a Corner?

F-35A

The US Air Force declared its first squadron of F-35As ready for battle last week. The JSF was declared operational by the Marine Corps in July 2015; and the Navy aims for February 2019. The F-35 Lightning II might have finally turned a corner, overcoming the technical problems that have plagued its readiness to serve.

Grease Skids: Reduce Spending Bill Amendments, Ryan Proposes

House Speaker Paul Ryan wants to eliminate amendments that are bogging down, and sometimes killing, spending bills.

Good News for Contractors in Defense Bill

There’s a lot to like in the procurement reforms in the draft defense bill, even with concerns about some new workplace regulations.

F-35, A-10 to Face Off in Tests

F-35 strike fighter

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is set to go mano-a-mano with the A-10 Thunderbolt II in testing.

Norway Looks Solid for F-35 Purchase Commitment

A leaked document indicates Norway remains committee to F-35 procurement as its first model rolled off the Lockheed Martin line Tuesday.