April 21, 2019

Foreign Arms Sales Up 13 Percent

US to Promote Arms Sales at Air Show

The US signed off on arms exports worth $192.3 billion over the past year, a 13 percent increase from the previous year.

Navy Launches First UAS Squadron

UAS Squadron

The US Navy commissioned its first test squadron dedicated to unmanned air systems at Webster Outlying Field. The UAS trials squadron is known as Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (UX) 24.

Sequestration Taking Its Toll on Readiness

sequestration taking its toll on readiness

President Obama says the “reckless budget cuts of sequestration” have hurt military readiness. Also at issue is that sequestration takes a toll on Marine aviators’ safety.

F-35B Jump Jet Set For Deployment Next Year

New Engine for F-35B Being Developed

The F-35B jump-jet stealth fighter is scheduled for deployment late next year in the Western Pacific.

DHS Cybersecurity Can Now “Hack Back”

Hack the Air Force

A controversial DHS cybersecurity program that monitors Internet traffic government-wide is now blocking malicious operations on federal networks.

Services Contractors Face New Challenges

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

USS Mesa Verde, V-22 Ospreys Ordered to Gulf

CV-22 Osprey

The Mesa Verde provides quick-reaction forces and a complement of MV-22 Ospreys, which excel at evacuation operations.

Navy UAVs Integrate, Collaborate Across All Services

The Navy & Marines are integrating their UAV systems and additionally collaborating with the more experienced Army and Air Force to accelerate development of naval UAV technologies.

Congress Resists Personnel Benefit Cuts

The Joint Chiefs and DefSec Hagel say personnel cost cuts necessary to preserve “readiness”, but Congress remains committed to preserving benefits.

House Proposes EA-18G “Growler” Funding

The House adds $450 million to the Navy’s proposed fiscal 2015 budget for five Boeing EA-18Gs, 17 short of the desired 22 aircraft.