August 24, 2017

Some DoD Top Jobs Still Not Filled

Buyouts at DoD

Some Department of Defense top jobs remain unfilled two months into¬†President Donald Trump’s administration.¬†Supporters of Defense Secretary James Mattis hope that a top Trump aide whom they see as a roadblock for nominees will soon move on to a new role.

Budget Caps Good for Spending Discipline

Not all bad, experts say: statutory budget caps keep the brake on defense spending.

‘Brexit’ Could Trigger Sequester-Like Consequences

Brexit, the UK’s possible departure from the European Union, could cause global firms, particularly defense industries, to scale back business.

US Aircraft Carrier Heads to Yemen

FA-18

Arms are likely headed to Yemen despite a UN embargo, the USS Theodore Roosevelt is headed there too.

UCLASS Funding Restricted

Funding restrictions for the planned Navy UCLASS program are specified in the 2015 compromise defense bill over design and mission concerns.

F-35 Combat Ready by Mid-2015?

F-35B

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is on track to conduct trials aboard the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier in November and could be combat ready by mid-2015.

Morning Coffee: Hornet Tests IRST Sensor Pod

A successful first test of the Hornet’s sensor pod promises to transform air-to-air operations, according to the US Navy.

House Approves Spending Bill

capitol hill winter

The House of Representatives passed the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill and it now moves to the Senate for its consideration.

Hill Debates FY14 Defense Budget

Pentagon Capitol

The 2014 defense bill must pass by Dec. 12 to avoid a $50 billion cut hitting the Pentagon mid-January.

Could the JSF Go Unmanned?

jsf in hangar

The U.S. Naval Institute speculates that the F-35’s computer could fly itself.