May 19, 2019

GAO: F-35 Supply Chain Challenges Remain

F-35 Supply Chain

DoD has been trying for several years to improve the way it and F-35 contractor Lockheed Martin order, stockpile, and repair spare parts. But findings from a recent GAO report imply that the situation may have gotten worse.

Dems Open Session With Plan to End Shutdown

shutdown

With a special caveat to discuss border security later, House Democrats open the new session of Congress today with the goal of ending the government shutdown and reinstating a 1.9 percent federal pay raise Trump rescinded late last year.

F-35A Tests Triple Its Expected Lifetime

F-35

The F-35A airframe tests are expected to double the life expectancy of 8,000h, but tests are showing 24,000h of service life for the stealth fighters.

JSF Helmet Bug Limits Night Carrier Landings to Experts

JSF Helmet

The Navy is getting closer to fixing the technical bug in the F-35 JSF helmet, which allows LED light to spill out and obliterate a pilot’s ability to see landing lights on carriers at night. But for now, only expert pilots can perform night landings.

Can FY19 Budget Staunch R&D Spending Decline?

R&D

Congressional and Pentagon leaders are concerned that the steadily declining portion of the military budget spent on research and development is exacerbating the threat that the US is losing its technological edge against its competitors and enemies. The Senate Appropriation Committee looks to boost R&D spending in the FY19 budget.

Social Media Shares With FBI & DHS

social media shares

Social media giants called on the FBI and Homeland Security to help the companies prepare for the upcoming midterm elections, but were told they would receive no information from the government on security threats.

Former DefSec Slams Obama’s & Trump’s Russian Response

Russian

Former DefSec Ash Carter criticizes the failure of the previous and current administrations to put into action Pentagon plans to counter what Carter sees as an ongoing war with Russian interference.

POTUS: Fund Military & Hone Government

counterterrorism

In his first State of the Union address, President Trump calls on Congress to “fully fund” military budgets and expand the VA’s expedited firing power to all federal agencies.

Mattis & Senate Stall Military Transgender Ban

Military Transgender Ban

Both DefSec James Mattis and Sen. John McCain seek studies before implementation of President Trump’s ban on transgender troops in the military.

Navy Surveillance Plane Evades Chinese Fighter Jets

surveillance plane

A Navy EP-3 surveillance plane flying in international waters in the East China Sea is surprised from behind by two Chinese fighter jets and forced to take evasive action.