July 15, 2018

First Loss of F-35B for Marine Corps

F-35B

An F-35B that erupted into flames caused by a faulty bracket nearly two years ago has been struck by the Marine Corps, making it the first loss of an F-35 for the corps. The corps made the determination that the costs to repair the fighter would not be worth the return on investment.

For 1st Time, F-35 Pilots Train at Japan Air Base

F-35 Pilots

Marine Corps F-35B Lighting II stealth fighters are training alongside Japanese F-35As for the first time at Misawa Air Base in northern Japan. US and Japanese airmen welcomed the first operational JASDF F-35A to Misawa earlier this year.

GAO: F-35 Lessons Need to Be Shared Across Services

F-35 Lessons

Supply challenges and unshared lessons learned of the F-35 could imperil the high-tech aircraft’s operational effectiveness, according to a GAO report released last week.

Pax Welcomes 1st Italian-Built F-35B

The first F-35B assembled outside of the US landed at NAS Patuxent River last week after completing a transatlantic flight from Cameri Air Base in Italy.

Are Our Nuclear Bombers on 24-Hour Alert?

Bombers

The Air Force is preparing to put nuclear-armed bombers back on 24-hour alert. “This is yet one more step in ensuring that we’re prepared,” Gen. David Goldfein, AF chief of staff, says.

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.

Marine Corps Wants More Cyber Teams

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USMC Cyberspace Command wants to have 13 fully operational cyber teams. Right now, it has nine teams defending networks and conducting operations in cyberspace.

Debate Over Military Budget Heating Up

ship delivery policy

The debate over the military budget is heating up in Washington between the defense hawks on Capitol Hill and the fiscal hawks in the Trump administration.

Many Firsts Aboard the USS America

F-35

Marines are putting F-35Bs and their pilots through qualifications and tests to better understanding how small-deck carriers, the F-35s, V-22s, and combat-ready Marines can best function together.

Carter Carefully Defends Outgoing Policies

DefSec Carter finds himself defending his Islamic State, NATO, and Russia policies without explicitly disagreeing with a president-elect.