July 23, 2019

F-35B Testing Begins Aboard USS America

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The US Marine Corps has started testing its F-35B Lightning IIs aboard the Navy’s amphibious assault ship, USS America. Two F-35Bs will undergo the third shipboard phase of developmental test and five are scheduled to conduct operational testing.

US Southern Command Stands Up Joint Task Force Matthew

US Southern Command

Amphibious assault ship Iwo Jima heads to Haiti with 1,850 troops, four MV-22 Ospreys and four MH-60 Seahawks to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

Key West Residents Weigh In on Drone Base

MQ-4C Triton

Key West residents will have a 30-day period beginning Sept. 1 to comment on NAS Key West being in the running to be the East Coast’s home base for the MQ-4C Triton drones. The short list also includes Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, FL, and Virginia’s NASA Wallops Flight Facility.

Multi-domain Warfare: Name of the Game

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Aerial combat is now truly 3-D, as multi-domain warfare adds new dimensions.

Navy Embraces 3D Printing Technology

The US Navy is an enthusiastic supporter of 3D printing technology. Naval Air Systems Command has completed some test flights featuring 3D printed critical components. In May, 3D-printed parts for a MV-22 Osprey were used. The Osprey, which was fitted with a partially 3D printed engine nacelle, performed exactly as expected.

NAVAIR Celebrates Excellence

NAVAIR

The annual NAVAIR Commander’s Awards ceremony celebrated technical, business, and leadership excellence in support of increasing speed to the fleet, delivering warfighting capabilities, and improving affordability.

What’s With Military’s ‘Star Wars’ Fascination?

Pax River Navy Museum

The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum gets in on the “Star Wars” parodies on Throwback Thursday.

Firms to Pay $13B in Whistleblower Suit

Two firms will pony up $13 billion to settle whistleblower allegations of overbilling.

Wallops Hopes to Land East Coast Drone Hub

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Virginia wants to establish a facility for drone testing at the Wallops Flight Facility. Officials say the permanent duty station would provide 400 jobs. It is in competition with Key West Naval Air Station and Mayport Naval Air Station in Florida.

DoD Chiefs to Post-Election Successors: Stick to Priorities

Pentagon

Pentagon leaders will urge their successors to focus on cyber, space, nuclear deterrent and electronic warfare, regardless of who wins the presidency.