September 22, 2017

T-45 Training Grounded Indefinitely

T-45

The Navy has extended the grounding of all of its T-45 training jets indefinitely after a  group of instructor pilots refused to fly the aircraft. The service’s engineers need to figure out what’s causing a spike in dangerous physical symptoms in pilots brought on by a drop in oxygen in the cockpit.

Upgraded Tomahawk System Delivered to Fleet

Tomahawk

The US Navy has delivered an upgraded Tactical Tomahawk Weapons Control System to the fleet. The Tomahawk Weapons System Program Office has maintained the system since 2004 with incremental updates, but to ensure future viability, software modernization was required.

Trump Budget Ramps Up Defense Spending

Donald Trump budget

President Donald Trump said he will propose a budget that would ramp up spending on defense and infrastructure.

Navy Patrol Intercepts Illegal Arms Shipment

illegal arms shipment

A Navy Coastal Patrol ship confiscates illegal arms in the Arabian Gulf: hundreds of AK-47 rifles, rocket propelled grenades and .50-cal machine guns.

Boehner May Delay Leadership Vote

Boehner

House Speaker John Boehner’s replacement will be voted on Thursday, but the vote for the No. 2 and No. 3 leadership slots may be delayed.

Drones Rules More Liberal Than Expected

FAA drones rules proposal showing more flexibility on commercial use than had been anticipated.

Wind Farm Debate Continues

wind turbine farm

The Somerset County Wind Farm debate continues after a 2-2 vote allows the project to move forward, but not necessarily to a final vote.

F-35C Lands on USS Nimitz

F-35C JSF night takeoff

An F-35C Lightning II made an arrested landing aboard the USS Nimitz in an important milestone for both the stealth fighter and naval aviation history.

House Fears Cuts Will Damage Contractors

budget axe

Sequestration cuts and the scheduled end of some major weapon acquisitions could damage the defense industrial base.

Morning Coffee: 2015 Budget Cuts Deep

budget axe

Military personnel spending may drop to 2008 levels as DOD cuts back from steep wartime expenditures under the 2015 budget request released Tuesday.