January 20, 2021

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F-35 Full-Rate Production Put on Hold

Production

DoD has put a hold on the full-rate production of the F-35. The Pentagon says technical challenges and the impact of COVID-19 have delayed preparation of the simulation facility where the combat testing will be conducted.

2nd Navy MQ-8C Drone Suffers Mishap

MQ-8C

An unmanned MQ-8C drone was damaged during testing of a lithium ion battery at Webster Field in St. Inigoes on Nov. 16. That was the second major mishap involving the new variant just in the month of November. A Fire Scout drone crashed at a California Navy base Nov. 10.

It’s Finally Arrived — Election Day

Voters are casting their ballots in the 2020 presidential election in record numbers — here in Maryland, all across the country, and even in outer space.

Army-Navy Game Moves to West Point for 2020

Army-Navy Football

For the first time since 1943, the Army-Navy football game will not be played in Philadelphia.

Two Killed in Crash of Navy T-6B Texan II

T-6B Texan II

An instructor pilot and a student aviator aboard a US Navy T-6B Texan II were killed Friday when the two-seat airplane crashed in Alabama.

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

transition

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.