August 8, 2020

DoD Uses COVID Funds for Small-Drone Contracts

DoD’s innovation arm has issued $13.4 million in small-drone support contracts using COVID-19 funds, awarding contracts to five companies to help with “situational awareness, improve human-machine teaming, and provide engineering support.”

Judge Halts Transfer of Milcon Funds to Border Wall

border wall

A federal judge halts $3.6 billion diverted from military construction projects for 175 miles of a border wall, but leaves in place $2.5 billion transferred to the wall from DoD counter-drug operations.

Air Force Tries New Hypoxia Fix for T-6

hypoxia

After years of T-6 hypoxia scares the Air Force thinks it has the fix with a completely redesigned On-Board Oxygen System that takes design ideas from the F-15E Strike Eagle, in which hypoxia is virtually unheard of, and from the A-10 Warthog.

Navy Carrier Aviation Back in Arctic Circle

Arctic Circle

The Harry S. Truman entered the Norwegian Sea last week, putting US Navy carrier aviation back to the Arctic Circle for the first time in almost 30 years.

Aircraft Big Winner in Defense Budget

F-35

House and Senate conference committees have finalized a $675 billion defense spending bill. Aircraft of all kinds are the overall winner.

Military Joins Relief Efforts After Hurricane

Hurricane Relief Efforts

The military has joined relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Florence’s landfall. DoD has assigned 13,470 personnel and deployed 1,286 military assets, according to the US Northern Command.

Lawmakers Want Large-Scale DoD Cyber Exercise

DoD cyber workers

Congress is requiring the Department of Defense to conduct a large-scale exercise gaming response to a national cyber incident.

US Faces Cyber Threats on Many Fronts

cyber threats

National Intelligence Director Dan Coats issues warnings about cyber threats to US national security. Digital attempts to undermine America are occurring daily, not just at election time from Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, and criminal networks and individual hackers.

Grosklags: Hypoxia Incidents on the Decline

hypoxia incidents

Senate Armed Services Committee members hear that the rate of hypoxia incidents in the Navy’s T-45 training jets has decreased in the past six months. The frequency of these episodes has dropped from its peak of more than three per month to about one per month.

USAF Looking to the Navy’s Hypoxia Fix

navy's hypoxia fix

How the Navy has adjusted training for aviators may become a template for the Air Force as it tries to understand why 13 suspected hypoxia incidents were logged over 13 days last month