January 31, 2023

Milestone for Marines F-35C Squadron

F-36C

The Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314 Black Knights are the first Marine Corps F-35C squadron to achieve full operational capability.

IG: Security Issues With Military 3D Printing

3D

A July 1 DoD Inspector General’s report finds the military is not doing enough to secure its 3D printing technology. The report says that service members are miscategorizing the military’s additive manufacturing programs and leaving them vulnerable to cyberattacks.

MQ-25 Conducts First-Ever Unmanned Aerial Refueling

MQ-25

The MQ-25 Stingray program’s first-ever aerial refueling of a manned receiver aircraft by an unmanned tanker was successful. The test took place June 4 out of MidAmerica Airport in Illinois.

Midshipmen Lead Rivalry in Army-Navy Series

Army-Navy Rivalry

The 120th Army-Navy game will be played Saturday, Dec. 14, in Philadephia. The US Naval Academy Midshipmen lead the rivalry, 60-52-7.

Debate Reopens on Atlantic Wind Farm Project

Wind Farm

The Maryland Public Service Commission is reopening discussion about a wind turbine project in the Atlantic off the shores of Ocean City after developers of the project say they want to build the turbines more than 200 feet taller that originally proposed.

With Pierside Exercises Complete, USS Ford Heads for Sea Trials

Ford carrier

The plight of the USS Gerald Ford ignited a war of words between US lawmakers and Navy leaders last week as the first-in-class carrier finally heads to sea trials after a series of technical setbacks.

Shanahan Is Trump Choice for DefSec

Shanahan

President Donald Trump has made his choice for the next secretary of defense — Patrick Shanahan, who has held the position in an acting capacity since January.

New Performance Incentives for F-35, Not for Industry

F-35 Pax Rver

Lockheed’s contract for future F-35s is tied to performance incentives, but DoD efforts to tie all defense contracts to performance indicators has been withdrawn in the face of industry and congressional outcry.

Canada to Purchase Used Hornets From Aussies

Used Hornets

Canada plans to close a deal by the end of this year to purchase 25 used F/A-18A/B Hornets from Australia.