June 21, 2018

DoD Plans Multi-Year F-35 Buys in FY21

F-35 buys

DoD reveals plans multi-year F-35 buys for cost-savings and is looking to contract to buy nearly 2,000 F-35s starting in fiscal 2021, according to a Selected Acquisition Report released in late March.

Navy’s Newest Attack Submarine Joins Fleet

The Navy’s newest attack submarine, the USS Colorado, joined the fleet in a recent ceremony at Connecticut’s Naval Submarine Base. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer calls the submarine a “marvel of technology and innovation.”

Survey: Agencies Ready If Gov’t Shutdown Occurs

Survey: Agencies Ready If Shutdown Occurs

Whether a shutdown is on the horizon for the holiday season, a majority of federal employees who took an anonymous online survey from Federal News Radio said their federal agencies are ready if a shutdown does happen Dec. 22.

Search Ends For Sailors After C-2 Crash

Search Ends For Sailors After Greyhound Crash

The US Navy called off the search for three sailors missing in the western Pacific last week. The three remained missing after a C-2 Greyhound carrier onboard delivery aircraft carrying 11 crew and passengers crashed Wednesday while on the way to the carrier USS Ronald Reagan.

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.