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.
Not all bad, experts say: statutory budget caps keep the brake on defense spending.
Brexit, the UK’s possible departure from the European Union, could cause global firms, particularly defense industries, to scale back business.
Arms are likely headed to Yemen despite a UN embargo, the USS Theodore Roosevelt is headed there too.
Funding restrictions for the planned Navy UCLASS program are specified in the 2015 compromise defense bill over design and mission concerns.
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.
A successful first test of the Hornet’s sensor pod promises to transform air-to-air operations, according to the US Navy.
The House of Representatives passed the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill and it now moves to the Senate for its consideration.
The 2014 defense bill must pass by Dec. 12 to avoid a $50 billion cut hitting the Pentagon mid-January.
The U.S. Naval Institute speculates that the F-35’s computer could fly itself.