February 21, 2019

F-35 Brings Billions to Md.’s Economy

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The F-35 is expected to add $2 billion to Maryland’s economy over the next decade, and almost 6,000 civilian and military jobs to the region.

VA Health Care Could Merge with DoD’s

VA Health

Parts of the VA health care system are being considered for merging into the DoD health care system, potentially impacting 19 million military personnel, retirees, dependents, and vets.

Navy Will Consolidate JSF Operations on West Coast

The Navy plans to deactivate the Grim Reapers of Strike Fighter Squadron 101 at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, consolidating JSF operations NAS Lemoore on the West Coast.

Air Force Plugging F-35 Cybersecurity Holes

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The F-35’s external support systems are deemed the easiest entry points for hackers, leading the Air Force to increase efforts to plug F-35 cybersecuirty holes.

10 Chinese Spies Charged With Theft

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The Justice Department charged 10 Chinese spies, hackers and others of conspiring to steal sensitive commercial airline and other secrets from US and European companies.

Most F-35s Return to Flight

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Most F-35s return to flight operations after fuel tubes were inspected. About 20 percent are still awaiting replacement tubes.

Trump Shifts Military From Counterterrorism to Competition

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The Trump administration shifts US military focus from counterterrorism to competition with peer adversaries such as China.

New Performance Incentives for F-35, Not for Industry

F-35 Pax Rver

Lockheed’s contract for future F-35s is tied to performance incentives, but DoD efforts to tie all defense contracts to performance indicators has been withdrawn in the face of industry and congressional outcry.

Turkey’s F-35 Purchase Blocked by NDAA

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The $716B defense authorization bill was signed earlier in the year than any NDAA for the past 40 years and also included a stall in the F-35 sale to Turkey and provided President Trump an opportunity to tout his Space Force.

$639B NDAA Increases Readiness, Base Infrastructure Budgets

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All service branches will see increases in readiness budgets if the Senate passes the $639.1 billion FY19 National Defense Authorization Act that passed and out of a conference committee this week. The conference summary notes $23.5 billion to sustain, repair and rebuild crumbling military buildings and other infrastructure.