October 24, 2020

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Airport Set to Host Next Farmers Market -

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

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Sunday, October 18, 2020

New Navy Goal Is a 530-Ship Fleet

530 ship fleet

Forget a 355-ship goal for the US Navy. The Pentagon is now recommending a fleet as large as 530 ships and moving the service toward a lighter force with many more ships but fewer aircraft carriers and large surface combatants.

DoD Ups Estimates for Contractors’ COVID Relief

COVID Relief

The Pentagon acquisition chief estimates $20 billion is needed to help the defense industry cover COVID-19 costs.

Wind Turbines OK’d Offshore in Ocean City

Wind Turbines

Skipjack Offshore Energy received approval from the Maryland Public Service Commission for the company’s plan to erect wind turbines off the coast of Ocean City. The turbines will be more than 800 feet tall, more than 200 feet taller than the original plan. The taller turbines will mean that fewer would be installed.

Sahara Dust Plume Due in MD on Sunday

sahara dust plume

The Sahara dust plume is was 5,000 miles long by the end of June. The swirling dust headed toward the United States off the Sahara Desert is expected to move into the southern Mid-Atlantic and sections of the Carolinas toward the end of the weekend. NASA imaging shows another dust plume now off the coast of Africa and following the same path.

Pentagon Reopening Brings Back Some Staff

Audit

The first phase of the Pentagon’s reopening is bringing back some employees who had previously been ordered to stay home and opening select entrances to the building.

Amid Pilot Shortage, Marine Corps Assessing F-35 Fleet

A shortage of pilots has the Marine Corps assessing the F-35’s place in its fleet. “Our continued inability to build and sustain an adequate inventory of F-35 pilots leads me to conclude that we must be pragmatic regarding our ability to support” the program,” Gen. David Berger said.

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…

DoD F-35 Report: Hundreds of Deficiencies, 13 ‘Must-Fix’ Problems

DoD F-35 Report

A DoD annual report says the F-35 has hundreds of unresolved deficiencies and new problems are being discovered regularly. There’s a long list of issues that should be resolved, including 13 described as Category 1 “must-fix” items.

It’s Camo for Space Force Uniforms

Space Force

US Space Force unveils its new uniforms. The new military branch will wear the same camouflage look as other branches.

More Deployments as Tensions Remain High in Middle East

Deployments

Thousands more troops are preparing to be deployed to the Middle East amid heightened tensions with Iran, since the killing of Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani in a recent airstrike near Baghdad.