March 24, 2019

Pax Partnership Seeks Member of Year Nominations

Pax Partnership Seeks Member of Year Nominations

The deadline is nearing to nominate an organization for The Patuxent Partnership’s Member of the Year award. Nominations are due Friday, March 29.

General: Consider Russia, China ‘Very Real’ Threats

Air Force Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy told a Senate committee that he sees no military threat coming from the southern border with Mexico, but his focus is on “very real” threats from China and Russia.

DoD Wants More F-35s in the Air

F-35

It’s a tall order from DefSec Jim Mattis, but the US needs more F-35s in the air. Ellen Lord, under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, says they’ll get it done.

Supersonic Plane Enters Production

Supersonic

Lockheed Martin’s experimental supersonic plane has officially entered production. Earlier this year, NASA awarded the company a contract to develop an aircraft capable of reaching supersonic speed without creating the sonic boom that comes with breaking the sound barrier.

DefSec: No Surprise DoD Fails Audit

The Department of Defense failed its first-ever audit, but officials aren’t surprised. “We never thought we were going to pass an audit, right? Everyone was betting against us that we wouldn’t even do the audit,” Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told reporters.

Air Force Plugging F-35 Cybersecurity Holes

F-35 software

The F-35’s external support systems are deemed the easiest entry points for hackers, leading the Air Force to increase efforts to plug F-35 cybersecuirty holes.

Most F-35s Return to Flight

F-35

Most F-35s return to flight operations after fuel tubes were inspected. About 20 percent are still awaiting replacement tubes.

Drones Join List of Top Security Threats

Drones Join List of Top Security Threats

The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI said drones are one of the greatest national security threats to America, rating them as severe a concern as cybersecurity hacks, critical infrastructure attacks, and terrorism.

DoD Down Thousands of Cyber Workers

DoD cyber workers

DoD’s chief information officer told a Senate committee last week that the Defense Department lost thousands of civilian cyber workers in the past year, mainly in IT management and computer science-related positions.

Panel Topic: Naval Aviation Agility, Lethality

Aviation Agility & Lethality

“Naval Aviation Agility and Lethality in Contested Environments” will be the topic of the next panel presented by The Patuxent Partnership and the Association of Naval Aviation. The event will be held 5 to 7 pm Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum in Lexington Park.