November 20, 2017

New US Challenge: Dealing With N. Korea

North Korea missile launch

North Korea’s latest nuclear test was the biggest recorded detonation since the country began underground testing in 2006. Analysts say this is a key step toward developing missile capable of reaching the US mainland.

Searching the Bay for Sunken Aircraft

sunken aircraft at Pax River

The search for sunken aircraft from NAS Patuxent River continues in the Chesapeake Bay.

1st Drone Command Center Installed on Carrier

drone command center

USS Carl Vinson gets first drone command center, the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, based in Norfolk, VA, is next.

Hagel Specifies New Offset Strategy

Robotics, autonomous systems, miniaturization, big data, and advanced manufacturing are identified as priority offset strategy technology areas.

Wind Farm Nears Final Vote

Somerset County execs will meet October 28 and likely vote on the wind farm draft ordinance before submitting it to County Commissioners by November 3.

X-47B UCAS Completes Testing

The Navy’s X-47B UCAS completed its final test aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt and returned to its home base at NAS Pax River after eight days at sea.

Defense Contractors “Shrinking”

The number of employees at the five largest US defense contractors dropped 14 percent from a peak in 2008, and 10 percent over the past decade.

Mechanical Failure Downs Global Hawk

Navy investigators conclude that a mechanical failure, not the crew’s actions, caused a NAS Pax River Global Hawk UAV to crash on the Eastern Shore in 2012.

Morning Coffee: Budget Cuts Naval Aviation, Not UCLASS

Potential Boeing UCLASS

Unmanned technology and benefit reductions define Pentagon budget strategies and a slim majority of Senators keep sexual assault cases inside chain of command to avert a war against the military cultural.