December 11, 2018

Navy to Scrap Old for New Hornets

Hornet

The Navy will scrap almost 140 older Hornets and accelerate the transition to newer Super Hornets, expecting to recoup more than $850 million across five years of maintenance savings.

F-35B Makes First Sloped Landings

F-35B

The F-35B is taking to the skies over Bogue, North Carolina. The short-takeoff-and-vertical-landing fighter is scheduled to continue sloped surface vertical-landing tests through late February 2018.

Troops More Vulnerable to Data Breach Fallout?

New Normal on the Internet cyber

Active-duty service members are among the 143 million Americans affected by the Equifax data breach and might be more vulnerable to its potential fallout.

Some DoD Top Jobs Still Not Filled

Pentagon Jobs

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.