July 21, 2019

F-35 Will Miss Readiness Mark

Readiness

Presumptive DefSec Mark Esper says the F-35 won’t hit 80 percent readiness this year, held back by a cockpit part that improves stealth performance.

Longer Military Obligations Considered for Academies

academies

Senators are looking to extend the eight-year service obligation for graduates of US service academies, noting a 20 percent cost hike per graduate since the obligations were last adjusted in 1996.

Event Will Recreate Launch of Apollo 11

Apollo 11

A celebration of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 will include the projection of a full-sized, 363-foot Saturn V rocket onto the Washington Monument for three nights this week.

Tight Deadline to Get Esper Confirmed

Mark Esper

The White House needs to work fast to install a permanent Pentagon chief. Acting DefSec Mark Esper, the president’s pick for the top defense post, is not permitted to serve in his current role beyond July 30.

Tanks, Jets & Trump Headline July 4th Celebration

tanks

President Donald Trump touts “brand new” World War II-era tank display at the Washington, DC, Fourth of July celebration, the Blue Angels, and his chance to “say a few words.”

Will Hefty Bonuses Get Pilots to Stay?

Bonuses

The Marine Corps’ fiscal 2020 aviation bonuses are aimed at enticing pilots to sign eight-year contracts and plug the flood of Marine aviators trading in their military wings to fly civilian skies.

Iranian President: US Sanctions End Diplomacy

Iranian President

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani rebukes the Trump White House in reaction to new US sanctions. Rouhani says the hope for a diplomatic solution between the two nations has ended.

Esper Is Trump’s New Pick for DefSec

Esper Is Trump's New Pick for DefSec

President Donald Trump says he intends to nominate Mark Esper as the new defense secretary, David Norquist as the deputy defense secretary, and Ryan McCarthy as the Army secretary.

Shanahan’s DefSec Nomination Pulled

Shanahan's DefSec Nomination Pulled

Acting DefSec Patrick Shanahan’s bid to become defense secretary has been withdrawn. Reports are that he is resigning after scrutiny over a domestic fight with his wife in 2010.

New FAA Rules for Recreational Drones

FAA Rules

Recreational drone users will face new FAA regulations that will go into effect this summer.