September 23, 2023

US Seizes Iranian Trawler, 50T Ammo

Iran is accused of  “unlawful transfer of lethal aid” after the US 5th Fleet says it seized more than 50 tons of ammunition rounds, fuses and propellants for rockets from a fishing trawler in the Gulf of Oman. The Navy says sailors found more than 1 million rounds of 7.62mm ammunition; 25,000 rounds of 12.7mm ammunition; nearly 7,000 proximity fuses for rockets; and over 2,100 kilograms of propellant used to launch rocket propelled grenades.

Senate Committee Ups DoD Budget

Lawmakers look to provide the Pentagon with its annual budget — the Department of Defense Appropriation Act — before the current continuing resolution funding the government expires Dec. 3. But it’s not necessarily the budget the Pentagon requested.

Bay Filled With ‘Forever Chemicals’

The potential threat to Chesapeake Bay shellfish and seafood from PFAS contamination at DOD sites is a local example of a US-wide problem, according to an environmental research organization review of DoD’s documentation of the use of toxic PFAS, known as “forever chemicals,” at its installations.

2011 PFAS Risk Alert Triggered No Action


An inspector general report from 2020 found DoD issued a “risk alert” regarding PFAS in 2011 without accompanying action instructions. The first risk management actions regarding the toxic chemicals used throughout the military for firefighting came in 2016. The IG report comes two years after dozens of lawmakers requested a review.

Attitudes Shifting Re: F-35


It used to be funds holding back the F-35 program, but increasingly the Pentagon and Congress have begun questioning the costs of operating and sustaining the platform.

‘Largest Ever’ R&D, T&E Budget Hike Sought

The Administration’s FY22 military budget requests contains the “largest ever” budget hike in research, development, testing, and evaluation, says DefSec Lloyd Austin. The White House has proposed $112 billion in that area, a 5 percent increase.

Navy Training Jets Collide: NAS Kingsville

Two T-45 Goshawks collided in mid-air over over Ricardo, TX. One landed safely at NAS Kingsville, the instructor and student ejected from the second aircraft, the instructor reported only minor injuries.

737 MAX Returning to Service

Boeing intends to deliver most of the stored backlog of the 737 MAX by 2023. Deliveries resumed in December after a 22-month grounding; in February 130 MAXs recorded at least one flight.

Lex Park-California Area Tops Highest-Paying Jobs List

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California-Lexington Park, MD, is listed on’s list of cities with the highest-paying jobs, with a 2019 annual median wage of $63,040. Other details in the report: the area also has the most highly concentrated occupation of aerospace engineers.

Dahlgren Testing Continues Through Friday


Testing requires a high volume of rounds fired at a rapid pace across several consecutive days.  Test shots will produce continuous LOUD NOISE in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren, advises NAVSEA. Access to the Potomac River Middle Danger Zone, will be restricted during testing.