July 14, 2024

Dahlgren Proposes Expanding Zone for Weapons Testing

Weapons Tests Dahlgren

Some boaters and watermen say they are worried about a proposed expansion of the zone for weapons testing on the Potomac River. Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division filed a notice seeking public comment on expanding the middle “danger zone” that extends about 20 miles downriver from Dahlgren, VA.

Reports of Abuse, Neglect Surface at Vets Home

Vets Home

Maryland lawmakers and advocates are concerned about reports of neglect and abuse of residents at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, a disclosure that led the state to cancel its contract with HMR Maryland, the company that has managed the facility since 2002.

Lawmakers Ask for Halt on Nice Bridge Demolition

Nice Bridge

Three Maryland lawmakers are urging the state Department of Transportation to pause plans to demolish the existing Gov. Harry Nice Memorial Bridge. They want a review conducted to determine the feasibility and cost of repurposing the old bridge for recreational use.

Navy: Series of Mistakes Led to Fuel Leak

The US Navy said that several errors led to the leak of jet fuel in water at Pearl Harbor last year. The service’s investigation found that shoddy management and human error caused the leak into the tap water, poisoning thousands and forcing military families to leave their homes.

US Ups Its Investment in Cyber Technology

Ransomware cyber

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is pushing the US to invest more in cybersecurity. Federal agencies have spent millions for new technology, seized hacking forums, charged foreign cyber criminals, and issued regular warnings on threat risks. Congress also has been quick to move on some cyber-related legislation.

DoD Wants the Force More Capable, Not Bigger

Capable

The Defense Department is looking to reduce 25,000 military positions. DoD Comptroller Michael McCord said the goal is not to make the force bigger, but to make it more capable. The new budget request would reduce the number of active-duty sailors by 1,184 and the Reserve by 951.

Navy Exercise Seeks Best Tech Ideas for Aviation Communication

Tech Ideas

The NAWCAD to host an advanced naval technology exercise in August 2022, at NAS Patuxent River or Wester Outlying Field in St. Inigoes for the aviation industry to show off its best tech ideas for beyond-line-of-sight communication systems. Applications to participate accepted until April 19.

Navy Pilots Continue Russian Deterrence Missions

Pilots

US Navy pilots are flying dozens of daily missions from the USS Harry S. Truman in the Mediterranean region. The Truman has been in the region since December, making it the longest stretch in decades for US ships to stay in that region.

A Look Inside Pax’s Anechoic Chamber

Anechoic

The Naval Air Systems Command at NAS Pax River is continuing its work on the Next Generation Jammer-Low Band pod for the EA-18G Growler. Get a quick peek inside the anechoic chamber, where testing for the prototype system was conducted.

Navy Running Short on Fighter Pilots

Defense Trade

Technical and safety problems have left the US Navy short by about 90 fighter pilots. That’s the message from naval air training chief RADM Robert Westendorff, speaking at a virtual Tailhook symposium.