March 20, 2018

BRAC Is Out of DoD’s FY19 Budget Request


The Pentagon’s FY19 budget request abandons its years-long effort to win congressional approval for a BRAC touted to save $2 billion annually.

F-22s Conduct First US Airstrikes in Afghanistan

Airstrikes in Afghanistan

The first US warplanes in Afghanistan arrive soon after the US military and CIA come under international investigation for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan.

White House Seeks Civilian & Military Pay Raise Cap

pay raise

The White House seeks to cap the federal civilian pay raise at an average of 1.9 percent for 2018 and limit the military pay raise to 2.1 percent.

China Invited to Rim of the Pacific Exercises


Despite tensions in the South China Sea & tense aerial confrontations, China has been invited to attend next year’s US-hosted Rim of the Pacific exercises.

New Ops Center for Atlantic Test Ranges


Construction has begun of a new operations center for the US Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division’s Atlantic Test Ranges has begun. slated for completion in 2017. The project will boost the ATR’s ability to support simultaneous test operations for future and current naval aviation programs, including unmanned systems and virtual, live, and constructive battlespace environments.

F-35 to Challenge A-10 in Close Air Support

F-35 challenge A-10

It is not unprecedented for a proven aircraft to compete against a new aircraft during test and evaluation, says the DOT&E chief.

Primes Are Resilient in Second Quarter Financials

While the large contractors are holding their own, the DoD budget struggles across the floor of the House.