November 20, 2017

F-35 on the International Stage

F-35 on the International Stage

The US Air Force F-35 JSF is on its way to the Paris Air Show and the international stage. The show will be the jet’s first opportunity for international audiences to witness its aerodynamic capabilities.

Mattis: North Korea No. 1 US Threat

DefSec James Mattis

Persistent nuclear missile tests, despite international sanctions, moved North Korea above Russia to become the top threat to the United States.

F-35 Destined for Combat Test

F-35 Destined for Combat Test

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.

Blackhawk Down in Leonardtown

blackhawk down

A UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter crashed on Breton Bay Golf Course during a routine training exercise out of Fort Belvoir, Virginia, killing one crew member and injuring two others.

Debate Over Military Budget Heating Up

ship delivery policy

The debate over the military budget is heating up in Washington between the defense hawks on Capitol Hill and the fiscal hawks in the Trump administration.

N. Korea Missile Launches Raise New Alarms

Missile Launches

North Korea fired several ballistic missiles into the East Sea in an apparent protest against the ongoing joint military drills between South Korea and the US. These launchings Monday raise new alarms about the threat to North Korea’s neighbors.

Deal Reached on Next Batch of F-35s

F-35

Negotiations to bring down the cost of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter continued late last week. The Pentagon and Lockheed Martin said the deal for the next batch of 90 F-35s shaved $728 million off the cost of the program and brings the cost of each plane below $95 million.

Trump’s Military Vision: (Mostly) Republican

trump's military vision

On election eve, the then-presidential nominee described a President Trump’s military — which would be larger.

DefSec Contemplating Institutional Overhaul

SecDef Ash Carter is mapping an overhaul of command structure and authority, offering examples in a major address April 5.

DoD Budget Hikes Slow to Reach Contractors

budget cuts

A lot of in-house, military expenses and external security concerns will keep the increased military budgets will slow down and shrink the amounts heading toward contracts.