October 1, 2016

VX-1: Squadron That ‘Does It First’

Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX)

The Air Test and Evaluation Squadron works between development of new weapon systems and their introduction into the Fleet, VX-1 is the squadron that “does it first.”

New US Challenge: Dealing With N. Korea

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North Korea’s latest nuclear test was the biggest recorded detonation since the country began underground testing in 2006. Analysts say this is a key step toward developing missile capable of reaching the US mainland.

Fuel Burn Cut Would Extend F-35 Flight Life

The F135 upgrades could cut fuel burn by 7 percent.

Promising testing of technology that would reduce fuel burn would lengthen the flying life of the Joint Strike Fighter.

Orlando Shooter Worked For Counterterrorism Firm

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Discovery that the shooter in the Orlando nightclub massacre worked for a counterterrorism firm calls into question how wisely security dollars are being spent.

Infrastructure Moves Up on HASC Budget List

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After years of shifting infrastructure dollars to acquisitions, the House Armed Services Committee looks ready to pony up for bricks and mortar.

Navy P-8A Aircrew Rescues Stranded Mariners

Two men wave life jackets and look on as a U.S. Navy P-8A maritime surveillance aircraft discovers them on the uninhabited island of Fanadik. (U.S. Navy photo)

A Navy P-8A crew rescued three marooned mariners from a deserted island in the Pacific Ocean. The castaways used palm fronds to spell the word “help” in the sand.

In-Flight Oxygen Failures Continue in the F-18 Hornet

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It might be heightened awareness, but reports of F-18 in-flight oxygen failures are increasing. Navy documents record 297 incidents from May 2010 through October 2015.

NAWCAD Hosts King Event Jan. 14

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Local resident Jan Nave Barnes will share her family’s unique history with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement, Jan 14, 2016, 10 am to noon at Center Stage Theater at Pax River, MD

JSF Could Be ‘Biggest White Elephants in History’

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In a scathing report of cost overruns and delays of the JSF, a former UK defense official says the fighter jet is already a white elephant.

Two Marine Hornets Land in Taiwan

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No injuries, no damages, just a precautionary measure on a routine mission, the Marines Corps says, the fighter jets will leave Taiwan when maintenance is complete..