June 27, 2022

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DoD Creates New UFO Task Force

UFO

The Defense Department will streamline the collection and analysis of UFO reports, following the government’s acknowledgment that these reports are worth studying and might pose a threat to national security.

Richard Spencer Out as Navy Secretary

NavSec Richard Spencer has been ousted from his post after his handling of the case of Navy SEAL Edward “Eddie” Gallagher, who was accused of war crimes. DefSec Mark Esper asked for Mr. Spencer’s resignation late Sunday.

Navy Wants $5B for 3 More Destroyers

Task Force

The US Navy wants to build three more Arleigh Burke-class destroyers and is asking Congress for more than $5 billion in the next fiscal year. Building the warships would bring the number of guided-missile destroyers the Navy has procured to 85.

DefSec Warns US Allies: Be Wary of China

China

A warning from DefSec Mark Esper to US European allies: Be wary of China. It is beleived that Beijing seeks greater global influence by leveraging economic power and stealing technology.

Wage Gains in US Slowed in March

Economic

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics released the March 2019 jobs report, which showed an increase of 196,000 jobs. The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.8 percent.

F-35 Brings Billions to Md.’s Economy

F-35

The F-35 is expected to add $2 billion to Maryland’s economy over the next decade, and almost 6,000 civilian and military jobs to the region.

Report Shows Slow Gain in Hourly Wages

Economic

Congressman Steny H. Hoyer said the January 2019 jobs report reflects the worrying trend that wages are not rising, even in a tight labor market, and January saw the slowest gain in hourly wages in more than a year.

Is Another Shutdown on the Horizon?

Defense Budget

The deal reached to reopen the federal government gives President Donald Trump and Congress until Feb. 15 to reach a new deal to prevent another partial shutdown.

Brown Named Vice Chair of House Armed Services

US Rep. Anthony Brown, Maryland’s former lieutenant governor who now represents the state’s 4th congressional district, has been named vice chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.

Settlement Reached in Fitzgerald Collision

Fitzgerald

Olympic Steamship Company, owner of the merchant vessel, the ACX Crystal, that collided with the USS Fitzgerald in 2017, will pay the US government nearly $27 million as part of a settlement agreement. Seven sailors drowned.