July 23, 2018

DoD Plans Multi-Year F-35 Buys in FY21

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DoD reveals plans multi-year F-35 buys for cost-savings and is looking to contract to buy nearly 2,000 F-35s starting in fiscal 2021, according to a Selected Acquisition Report released in late March.

Suspicious Packages Arrive in DC Region

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Suspicious packages have been received at military installations in the Washington region and at mail processing facilities for both the CIA and the White House. Packages may have been received at as many as six sites.

The Next JSF Question: Upgrade or Buy New?

F-35 jets

faced with a set of F-35s too limited to fly in combat, weighing whether to upgrade or buy new ones. Production of the fighter jets is projected to reach 130 per year by the end of 2018.

JSF Software Upgrade to Prevent Hypoxia

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Honeywell is responsible for designing and retrofitting all JSF variants with a software upgrade for its oxygen generation system to prevent symptoms of oxygen deprivation.

Is Trump’s F-35 a Mistake or Deal Maker?

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Industry analysts are trying to calibrate the F-35’s future from Trump’s F-35 tweets that it’s cost is ‘out of control’ and word of a multi-year block buy if Lockheed does not protest a buy of F/A-18s from Boeing.

Wrap-Up 2016: Defense Aviation Photo Finalists

Morning Coffee’s robust blend of links to news concerning the Pax River economy will return Jan. 3, 2017. Enjoy your winter break with these dramatic photos of defense aviation, some apps to help you through the holidays, and a couple of briefs regarding the DoD opening of the new year.

Last P-3C Orion Leaves Pax for Aviation Boneyard

The last P-3C Orion at Naval Air Station Patuxent River is headed to the aviation boneyard at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona.

DepDefSec Work Expected at UK Air Show

While the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is expected to dominate much of the news coming out of the upcoming Farnborough Air Show, the appearance of US Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work is adding what Breaking Defense is calling “a boost in firepower for the air show.” Reports are that he will discuss his Third Offset Strategy in closed-door meetings while he is in the United Kingdom.

DoD Institutes Civilian Hiring Freeze

hiring freeze

DoD reacts to congressional order freezes hiring for vacant full- & part-time, temporary & permanent civilian jobs in the DefSec Office, Defense Agencies, and Field Activities.

Canada’s Exit Raises JSF Price

Canada

With Canada out, only eight counties remain to develop the Joint Strike Fighter, making each JSF price higher for everyone else.