November 20, 2017

All F-35s Stay in Budget, BRAC Threats Stay Out

F-35 transonic

Despite dire fiscal reports from experts, House defense committee members remain opposed to BRAC, workforce reductions and pay caps for troops.

HASC Begin Mark-ups, Says No to UCAS Fund Transfers

X-47B UCAS-D on USS Truman

House Armed Services Committee budget mark-ups reject base closures despite think tanks’ advice. DoD budget shortfalls cannot be covered from UCAS funds.

JSF’s Initial Operating Capability Report Due This Week

With only days before the services must report their IOC for the Joint Strike Fighter, the Navy’s date is still under wraps. Also, a primer on war-fighting bandwidth satellites and a NOAA satellite conks out, again.

JSF Price Tag Shrinks, P-8 Nears Production

F-35C JSF first trainer

President Obama speaks at USNA graduation and Senator McCain visits Syrian rebels.

JSF Vertical Take-off from Pax; DoD Budget Out Today

JSF continues a week of successes at Pax, but the week ahead for Defense Authorization Bills look less sunny.

Navy’s Drones Could Determine U.S. Airpower for Decades

Investing in smarter drones could determine the future, which includes carriers no matter what, say Navy officials.

JSF Helmet Slated for Night Vision Fix

As the JSF helmet gets night-vision, the White House and Congress argue over who shall control the drone program.

Supply Chain, Software Hampers Weapons Systems

F-35C JSF night takeoff

F-35, other programs facing manufacturing issues.

Budget Win for Pax? Waiting Win for China? No Change in N. Korea.

A bevy of reports released late last week provide some hopeful budget news for Pax River, but military and cyber warnings from almost everywhere else.

‘Hail Mary’ Sequestration Bill Hits the House

football field

Rep. Randy Forbes offers a “Hail Mary play” to end sequestration.