August 21, 2019

Trump Cancels Federal Workers’ Pay Raise

war crimes

President Donald Trump wants to freeze federal workers’ pay in 2019.

More Remains Could Be Returned from No. Korea

More Remains Could Be Returned from No. Korea

DefSec Jim Mattis said that relations between the US and North Korea may be warming to the point that US forces could be allowed to return there to find more war remains of US servicemembers.

Raptor, Not F-35, Deployed for Security Mission

F-22 Raptor

The F-22 Raptor has deployed to the Pacific as part of a theater security mission, swapping in for the Air Force’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Plan for DoD Cuts Meets Opposition

Pentagon Jobs

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry’s plan to revamp many defense support agencies was met with skepticism from lawmakers and former defense officials just one day after the legislation was floated.

F-35A Altitude Restrictions Lifted

F-35A Altitude Restrictions

The Air Force is lifting its altitude flight restriction for F-35A Joint Strike Fighters at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona.

Pax Hosts New Round of F-35 Ski-Ramp Tests

F-35B flight trials

The F-35 Lightning II Pax River Integrated Test Force has begun a second round of F-35B ski-ramp testing at NAS Patuxent River.

FY16 US Foreign Military Sales Fall to $34B

foreign military sales

US sales of military equipment and services to foreign partners was down from FY15’s $47B total.

DOT&E Report Says F-35s Not Combat Ready

Attack Aircraft

The Pentagon report found the Marine’s trials showed its first six F35s not combat ready, although public reports during May’s trials were positive.

Russians Keep $490M US Space Shuttle Contract

ISS as seen in 2008 from the departing space shuttle

Lack of funding ended domestic spacecraft transport to the International Space Station. Since 2011 US crews use Russian spacecraft for transport.

Hornet and F-35 Among Most Lethal Warplanes

All countries that funded the JSF will employ the F-35. This is crucial as the F-35 is most potent when operating as a fleet.