May 21, 2019

Turkey’s F-35 Purchase Blocked by NDAA

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The $716B defense authorization bill was signed earlier in the year than any NDAA for the past 40 years and also included a stall in the F-35 sale to Turkey and provided President Trump an opportunity to tout his Space Force.

$639B NDAA Increases Readiness, Base Infrastructure Budgets

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All service branches will see increases in readiness budgets if the Senate passes the $639.1 billion FY19 National Defense Authorization Act that passed and out of a conference committee this week. The conference summary notes $23.5 billion to sustain, repair and rebuild crumbling military buildings and other infrastructure.

Bases Considered for Migrant Children

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The Trump administration is evaluating military bases in Texas and Arkansas for their suitability as shelters for migrant children of families who have crossed the border illegally.

F-35B Forced to Land, Leaking Fuel

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An F-35B was forced to land after the fuel light attached to its 14,000-gallon fuel tank came on. The jet was reported leaking fuel when it landed and that the engine ran out of fuel before the aircraft came to a stop.

The Next JSF Question: Upgrade or Buy New?

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faced with a set of F-35s too limited to fly in combat, weighing whether to upgrade or buy new ones. Production of the fighter jets is projected to reach 130 per year by the end of 2018.

Senators Move NDAA Forward with War Fund

John McCain

Senators vote 83-15, include $38 billion for DoD from the war fund and move NDAA toward a vote possible as early as Thursday.

Penn State Finds Chinese Hackers & Goes Off-Line

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Penn State, developer of sensitive technology for the US Navy, finds Chinese hackers embedded in their engineering computer network.

NDAA Deal Reduces Benefits

The pay and benefits cuts were backed by both the DoD and White House in an effort to slow the growth of personnel costs.

Senate May Debate 2015 NDAA

After recent uncertainty, bipartisan optimism spread through the Senate last week that it would begin work on the 2015 NDAA after the upcoming recess.

International F-35 Sales Boost Lockheed

The aeronautics division saw revenue rising from $3.41 billion to $3.86 billion and operating profit from $407 million to $453 million.