April 19, 2019

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.

DoD Squeeze on Contractor Pay Sits Poorly With Congressional Defense Chairs

contractor pay

The chairs of the House and Senate Armed Services committees side with the defense industry against Pentagon plans regarding contractor pay which calls for less money up front when it buys major weapons systems. The proposed policy would link performance- and progress-based payments more closely to production milestones.

F-35B Forced to Land, Leaking Fuel

F-35

An F-35B was forced to land after the fuel light attached to its 14,000-gallon fuel tank came on. The jet was reported leaking fuel when it landed and that the engine ran out of fuel before the aircraft came to a stop.

25% Cut to DoD Support Agencies Proposed

25% cut to DoD

Thornberry’s proposed 25% cut to DoD would impact “fourth estate” agencies supported by 200,000 civilians and 600,000 contractors, at a cost of more than $100 billion per year.

Congress Agrees on Spending Bill

Lawmakers agreed on a spending bill that keeps the government funded but some Democrats now oppose the bill over modifications to a Wall Street reform law.

Maryland UAS Test Site Gets FAA Clearance

The University of Maryland’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Site in California, MD received a Certificate of from the FAA to fly the Talon 240 UAV.

House Reviewing Defense Procurement System

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The House is conducting a yearlong probe in an effort to address fundamental flaws in the way the Pentagon buys weapons systems.

Whistleblowers Take Losses

Manning gets 35 years, federal court limits job rights of employees in sensitive positions and DoD hires a cyber chief to work with contractor cyber-security breaches.

Hackers Did Not Compromise Weapons Systems

Cyberattacks are not unexpected, DARPA wants them as predictable as conventional warfare stratagems.

Triton Flies, Budget Micromanaged, No Funds for BRAC

As defense budgets are marked up, drones clear hurdles technically and philosophically.