June 4, 2020

Art & Lifestyle:

MD Opens Elective Medical Procedures, Beaches & More

MD Gov. Larry Hogan cited some good trends in lifting restriction on elective medical procedures and expanding outdoor activities under stay-at-home orders. But MD schools will remain closed through the school year.

US Wants to Resume North Korean Talks

Summit

Trump’s White House asks Chairman Kim to come back to the table for more North Korean talks about denuclearization.

DoD Under-Utilizing Talent, Experts Say

DoD

DoD is under-utilizing existing talent and losing workers to civilian jobs. It needs to take a serious look at how it trains and assigns troops for high-tech jobs, says the Defense Innovation Board.

Nationals Heal 86 Years of Heartbreak

Washington Nationals

Washington, DC, has waited 86 years — some decades without a baseball team at all — this week the Washington Nationals delivered, concluding a four-game sweep and advancing to the World Series.

Crash Raises Concerns About Safety of Vintage Planes

Vintage Planes

How safe are vintage planes? The B-17 Flying Fortress World War II bomber that crashed in Connecticut was being flown by Ernest “Mac” McCauley, 75, regarded as one of the most experienced B-17 pilots in the US.

Carriers to Return to Steam Catapult Systems

Steam Catapult

President Trump has ordered that carriers go back to steam catapult systems for launching aircraft, a move that could cost billions and reduce the ships’ capabilities.

Charges Dropped Against Fitzgerald CO

charges dropped

Former Fitzgerald CO Cmdr. Bryce Benson gives an 18-page rebuttal of charges against him regarding the 2017 collision with a merchant vessel that killed seven sailors. The Navy also dropped all criminal charges against Lt. Natalie Combs.

Coast Guard Performs Operations in Asia

Coast Guard Cutter Performing Operations in Asia

Earlier this month, the cutter Bertholf made a port stop in Hong Kong, the first time the Coast Guard has visited the Chinese territory in 17 years.

Navy’s Aviation Accidents Keep Rising

aviation accidents

Manned aviation accident deaths across the services continue to break records, but the steady six-year climb finally halted this year. Only the Navy did not improve in the total accident categories from 2017 to 2018 and is still 83 percent higher than in 2013.

US Says 737-Max8 Safe to Fly; UK Says Not There

Boeing 737-Max8

FAA says the Boeing 737-Max8 is safe to fly despite two crashes of the model in the past five months. The CAA in the UK, however, has taken the opposite tack and has prohibited operation of any 737-Max8 commercial flights into or out of UK airports or in the UK airspace.