July 13, 2020

Art & Lifestyle:

In Indo-Pacific Region, a Massive Show of US Naval Force

Indo-Pacific

While China builds up its military outposts in the South China Sea, putting missile and electronic warfare systems on them, the US and other allies have beefed up operations. For the first time in nearly three years, three American aircraft carriers are patrolling the Indo-Pacific waters, a massive show of naval force.

Robot Hotel Heading to Space Station

robot hotel

NASA will launch a “robot hotel” to the International Space Station on its next SpaceX resupply mission, although “robot garage” might be more like it.

Navy Is Upping Its Game in the Pacific

Pacific

The littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords deployed last week from San Diego packing the US Navy’s new naval strike missile. It’s headed to the Indo-Pacific theater.

Carriers to Return to Steam Catapult Systems

Steam Catapult

President Trump has ordered that carriers go back to steam catapult systems for launching aircraft, a move that could cost billions and reduce the ships’ capabilities.

General: Consider Russia, China ‘Very Real’ Threats

Air Force Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy told a Senate committee that he sees no military threat coming from the southern border with Mexico, but his focus is on “very real” threats from China and Russia.

Will a Government Shutdown Be Avoided?

CARES Act

Congress has only a few days left to pass a funding package for several large federal agencies and general government appropriations to avoid a government shutdown.

Foreign Arms Sales Up 13 Percent

US to Promote Arms Sales at Air Show

The US signed off on arms exports worth $192.3 billion over the past year, a 13 percent increase from the previous year.

F-35A Tests Triple Its Expected Lifetime

F-35

The F-35A airframe tests are expected to double the life expectancy of 8,000h, but tests are showing 24,000h of service life for the stealth fighters.

Hospital Ship Comfort Heading to Puerto Rico

Comfort

The hospital ship Comfort will deploy along with increased federal and military aid for Puerto Rico,

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.