March 18, 2019

The F-35 Adds International Sales, Supply-lines & Specs

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The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter advances into its international, operational life: Japan orders 20 more; Canada opens bids for operational maintenance contracts; Norway verifies its unique deceleration system for icy runways and windy conditions.

White House Threatens Veto of Senate Defense Bill

Despite a bipartisan agreement, the White House objects to what it regards as too much tinkering in the Senate defense policy bill.

Senate Readied to Take Up Defense Policy Bill

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell positions Senate to take up defense policy bill, procedural votes could come today, June 2, 2015

US Slow to Fit Weaponry to Stealth Fighters

Europe leads the US in developing weaponry to fit stealth fighters. Current weapons are too large.

Morning Coffee: 100,000 Jobs Promised Vets

First Lady Michelle Obama and Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez announce a commitment from 100 firms in the construction industry for 100,000 jobs for vets in the next five years.

US, European Defense Sales Slide, Russia’s Up

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Focus is on budgets, as U.S. defense sales slip yet again and Pentagon struggles to rein in spending.

Retiree Benefit Cuts Snag Budget Bill in Senate

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Senate passage of the Defense Bill is predicted this week, but reductions in military retiree benefits and partisanship remain obstacles to passage of budget bill approved by the House last week.

Congress Closes Government Rather than Compromise

Brinkmanship, partisanship, disruptive or stupid — whatever you call it, Congress shuttered government and froze most federal workers’ paychecks, but not their own.

Americans Rank Military Top Contributor to Society’s Well-being

The Atlas robot reports in to Robotics Challenge, Pax team designed safer flight deck uniforms, international cyber discussions expand but legislatively US cybersecurity looks to weaken.

Pax Tested Poseidons Proving Mettle; NAVAIR Integrating Systems

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Details about landing a commercial jet in San Francisco; Pakistan’s bin Laden report; a decline in US deficits and Japan’s growing prominence.