April 22, 2019

Navy’s Aviation Accidents Keep Rising

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Manned aviation accident deaths across the services continue to break records, but the steady six-year climb finally halted this year. Only the Navy did not improve in the total accident categories from 2017 to 2018 and is still 83 percent higher than in 2013.

Mattis Says 16-Year-Old War Authorization Sufficient

war authorization

Despite bipartisan unease with the 2001-2002 war authorization allowing the military to continue to fight the Islamic State forces, there is no congressional agreement on a path forward to address an update.

Is F-35 ‘Ready to Go at 50 Below’?

'ready to go at 50 below'

Along with everything else, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has to operate in harsh weather conditions. A series of tests is slated for Eielson AFB in Alaska, with the motto, “Ready to Go at 50 Below!”

Another Helo Goes Down in Pacific

Army UH-60 Black Hawk

An Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter went down Tuesday in the Pacific Ocean during a nighttime training mission off Hawaii.

Japan Struggles to Accept Osprey Role After Recent Crash

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Despite strong local concerns about the safety of the US V-22 Ospreys at Okinawa, the Japanese Defense Ministry describes the aircraft as imperative for Japan’s defense.

Iranian Drone Buzzes F/A-18 Preparing for Carrier Landing

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An unarmed Iranian drone came within 100 feet of a US Navy warplane as it prepared to land on an aircraft carrier in the Gulf, despite repeated radio calls to stay clear. This was the 13th unsafe and unprofessional interaction between the US and Iranian maritime forces in 2017.

FY14 Pentagon Funding Uncertainty “Extraordinary Situation”

Three very different 2014 DOD funding scenarios are still being considered a month and a half into the fiscal year.