July 15, 2020

Art & Lifestyle:

With Peace Deal, Troops Could Be Out of Afghanistan in 14 Months

Afghanistan

The US and the Taliban have signed a peace agreement aimed at ending the 18-year war in Afghanistan. If the Taliban meet their commitments, US troops would leave in 14 months.

DoD Photos Offer Look Back at 2019

DoD Photos

The Defense Department regularly chronicles US military members who train and conduct operations around the world. DoD offers an end-of-the-year glimpse into their duties in 2019 through the work of military photographers.

Is Navy Reconsidering 355-Ship Fleet?

ship delivery policy

Navy floating the idea of 310 ships as the best it can do at funding projections to keep the fleet properly manned, properly maintained, properly equipped, even though a 355-ship fleet “is a great target,” says Navy Vice Chief ADM Robert Burke.

Navy Is Upping Its Game in the Pacific

Pacific

The littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords deployed last week from San Diego packing the US Navy’s new naval strike missile. It’s headed to the Indo-Pacific theater.

Will a Government Shutdown Be Avoided?

CARES Act

Congress has only a few days left to pass a funding package for several large federal agencies and general government appropriations to avoid a government shutdown.

Buffett Earns Navy’s Highest Civilian Award

Buffett Earns Civilian Award

Recording artist Jimmy Buffett was presented with the Superior Public Service Award by NavSec Richard V. Spencer for supporting the Navy and Marine Corps. It’s the highest award that can be given to a civilian not employed by the Navy. The award was presented last week during a concert at the US Naval Academy.

F-35 Destined for Combat Test

F-35

So far this year, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has been deployed twice, though neither deployment was in a combat capacity. With the US waging increasingly anti-terror operations, as the military deploys more and more it seems unavoidable that the F-35 is destined for a combat test.

T-45 Training Grounded Indefinitely

T-45

The Navy has extended the grounding of all of its T-45 training jets indefinitely after a  group of instructor pilots refused to fly the aircraft. The service’s engineers need to figure out what’s causing a spike in dangerous physical symptoms in pilots brought on by a drop in oxygen in the cockpit.

DoD Blocked LCS Cost Overruns from GAO Report

LCS cost overruns

A week before the FY17 DoD budget — upped to $584 billion — is expected to finally reach the House floor, a congressional audit reports cost overruns in the controversial Littoral Combat Ship program were classified and kept out of an earlier Government Accountability Office report.

Trump to Speak From Carrier Deck in Newport News, Va.

Trump in Newport News

Days after a pro-military speech before a joint session of Congress, President Trump visits Newport News Shipyard, a center of nuclear-powered shipbuilding for Navy.