August 24, 2019

Is Acting DefSec Playing Favorites?

Acting DefSec Patrick Shanahan’s remarks during his 18 months at the Pentagon have spurred accusations that he is boosting his former employer Boeing, fueling questions about whether he harbors a bias against other big military contractors.

NASA InSight Set for Mars Landing Monday

Mars Landing

NASA’s InSight lander is set to complete its six-month journey to Mars at 3 pm today, Nov. 26. Watch the landing live starting at about 2 pm.

Wrecked Plane Thought to Be 1940-50s Navy Aircraft

An Eastern Shore TV station news helicopter discovered what appears to be a crashed plane in the waters of Wroten Island in Dorchester County. The wreck site is surrounded by trees and marsh, so the only visibility is from above. A Navy underwater archaeologist believes the aircraft is from the 1940s or ’50s. It has NATC on the tail portion, according to the report.

Navy Carrier Aviation Back in Arctic Circle

Arctic Circle

The Harry S. Truman entered the Norwegian Sea last week, putting US Navy carrier aviation back to the Arctic Circle for the first time in almost 30 years.

A New Nickname for the F-35A?

Nickname

The F-16 is called the Viper, the A-10 is the Warthog, the F-4 is the Rhino. It was just a matter of time before the F-35 Lightning II got a nickname.

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.

What’s on the Horizon in the New Year?

What’s on the horizon for 2018? Shifts on the business side and reorganization of acquisitions and technology at the Pentagon, new focus on the warfighter, budget cap discussions, and even new uniforms for sailors, to name a few.

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.

GAO: F-35 Plagued With Problems

GAO Report F-35

A Government Accountability Office report says DoD’s new fleet of F-35 Lightning IIs is experiencing spare parts shortages and other sustainment problems that are hurting the readiness of the fighter jets.

F-35 on the International Stage

F-35 on the International Stage

The US Air Force F-35 JSF is on its way to the Paris Air Show and the international stage. The show will be the jet’s first opportunity for international audiences to witness its aerodynamic capabilities.