December 12, 2017

Mechanical Failure Downs Global Hawk

Navy investigators conclude that a mechanical failure, not the crew’s actions, caused a NAS Pax River Global Hawk UAV to crash on the Eastern Shore in 2012.

Services Contractors Face New Challenges

Federal services contractors are responding to government spending reductions, changing customer demands and increasing competition.

Multiplying Military Drones Challenge Safe Air Travel

Drone flight hours have tripled in shared US airspace since 2011 and the ongoing expansion of DoD drone flights will transform American aviation.

Morning Coffee: 2014 Outlook for Large Contractors

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2014 will be a tough year for defense contractors, but if companies can endure the fiscal year the worst could soon be in the past.

Morning Coffee: UCLASS RFP Due This Summer

X-47B UCAS-D on USS Truman

The Boeing X-47B to start new sea trials and the UCLASS X-47B follow on RFP is scheduled for release this summer.

Morning Coffee: CNO – No Need for BRAC

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert said last week that he doesn’t believe the Navy needs to go through another round of base closures.

Morning Coffee: Triton is Ultimate Search Tool

The Navy has the perfect search tool, the MQ-4C Triton drone, for looking for Malaysian Air Flight 370 but it is not yet operational.

Morning Coffee: Bad Landing Sends Global Hawk to PAX

A remotely piloted Global Hawk out of Edwards AFB crashed in 2009 and now leaves storage to serve in MQ-4C Triton development and maintenance training at NAS:Pax.

Morning Coffee: MD House Passes Turbine Moratorium

wind turbine farm

SoMd legislators sought the moratorium fearing radar interference from a wind turbine farm on the Eastern Shore of Maryland across the Chesapeake Bay from NAS:PaxRiver.

More Relevance, Collaboration Needed in Acquisition Process

Pax River’s program executive officer for unmanned aviation and strike weapons says it’s a new world and briefed contractors on how to succeed in it.