November 18, 2018

F-35A Tests Triple Its Expected Lifetime

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The F-35A airframe tests are expected to double the life expectancy of 8,000h, but tests are showing 24,000h of service life for the stealth fighters.

Navy Admonished to Fix Pilot Hypoxia Issues

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The House Armed Services Committee tells the Navy to “fix” physiological issues facing fighter jet pilots and student pilots. Hypoxia incidents have been increasing in Navy aircraft over the past decade.

Pax Welcomes 1st Italian-Built F-35B

The first F-35B assembled outside of the US landed at NAS Patuxent River last week after completing a transatlantic flight from Cameri Air Base in Italy.

F-35B Makes First Sloped Landings

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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.

Unpredictable Spending Costing DoD Vendors

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Unpredictable Pentagon spending has DoD vendors leaving the marketplace. The defense industrial base is shrinking, research and development stagnant, meaning the weapons systems of tomorrow are not being developed today.

Senate Compromise Ends Gov’t. Shutdown

Survey: Agencies Ready If Shutdown Occurs

A bipartisan group of negotiators in the Senate prevailed with leadership, trading Democratic support for ending the nearly 60-hour federal government shutdown, for a commitment by Republicans to hold a vote resolving the status of young undocumented immigrants next month.

Navy Officers Face Criminal Charges for Pacific Collisions

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Five Navy officers and a chief petty officer have been recommended for possible criminal charges in connection with the separate collisions of the USS John McCain and USS Fitzgerald.

Survey: Agencies Ready If Gov’t Shutdown Occurs

Survey: Agencies Ready If Shutdown Occurs

Whether a shutdown is on the horizon for the holiday season, a majority of federal employees who took an anonymous online survey from Federal News Radio said their federal agencies are ready if a shutdown does happen Dec. 22.

First DoD-Wide Audit Announced

Pentagon Jobs

The Pentagon’s office of the inspector general announced the start of the first agencywide financial audit. Beginning in 2018, audits will occur annually.

New Effort to Coordinate DoD Research, Development

DoD Research

The Pentagon is drafting a list of desired technologies as part of a new modernization strategy to coordinate DoD’s research and development, including at US laboratories and government-funded research┬ácenters. The goal is to make sure that the military is aligned across the services.