May 11, 2021

Art & Lifestyle:

MQ-8B Drone Crashes Upon Deployment

An MQ-8B Fire Scout UAV crashed upon deployment into the littoral combat ship USS Charleston and fell into the sea. It was not recovered.

Russia Is Jamming US Drones in Syria

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Russian jamming of small US drones in Syria is having an impact on American military operations.

Army Lofts Aerostat ‘Radar’ Blimp

From Aberdeen Proving Ground, the Army’s radar blimp will detect cruise missiles and drones within airspace from Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania up to New York and New Jersey.

Second MQ-8C Fire Scout Delivered to Navy

The MQ-8C Fire Scout can fly twice as long and carry three times more intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance payloads than the current model.

More Relevance, Collaboration Needed in Acquisition Process

Pax River’s program executive officer for unmanned aviation and strike weapons says it’s a new world and briefed contractors on how to succeed in it.

Univ. System of MD Enters PAX $38B Economy

The research and incubator facility is seen as imperative to development of unmanned aircraft and other emerging technologies at Southern Maryland industries.

Obama Puts Debt Ceiling on the Table

Despite DoD’s return to work, the furlough continues to threaten employment deep into contractor personnel ranks and back pay not yet confirmed. We hit the debt ceiling in eight days.

Defense Contractors Pay & Clearances Questioned

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Contractor wages catch Senate budgeting attention again as security clearance questions fill both chambers. Next Fire Scout moves forward.

It’s Official: Furloughs to Begin April 26

Pentagon Capitol

DoD civilian workers will lose one day of pay a week if Congress doesn’t reverse sequestration.

NAVAIR’s Rotary Programs Making Steady Progress

Fire Scout on deck

The DOT&E reports finds Fire Scout, MH-60 and MV-22 programs making progress this year, despite hiccups.