June 26, 2017

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

F-35B

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.

Drones to Carriers Slowed by Organization

drones to carrier

Its technically possible to speed up merging unmanned vehicles and carriers, but organizationally it appears ‘impossible’ says VADM David Dunaway.

Is the Best Fighter Ever, Worth It?

F-35 simulator

A video of the F-35 simulator gives viewers a run for their money, something critics say the F-35 is doing to America.

US to End Reliance on Russian Rocket Engines

Russian rocket engines

Congress is growing more insistent that DoD end its reliance on Russian rocket engines by 2019.

F-35B Testing Outmaneuvers Dogfight Critics

Four F35-B take out nine enemy aircraft as the Marines approach the end of their testing of the new fighter jet’s combat readiness.