May 28, 2017

Trump’s FY18 Budget Cuts Hit DoD, Also

budget cuts

The Pentagon is a winner in Trump’s proposed FY18 budget, but some cuts will impact the military as well.

Concerns Mount Over Vulnerability to Cyberattacks

cyberattacks

The US is increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks as Russia & China advance their cyber-warfare and cyber-espionage capabilities to challenge the US. Already classified military hardware data has been stolen.

Future Battlefield: Soldiers Plus Autonomous Support

autonomous support

How the military acquires and implements new gear determines how soldiers fight next to autonomous support from multiple domains.

US & Allies Warn China About South China Sea

US, France, Japan, and Britain navies plan a joint exercise as a “show of force” to tell China, the South China Sea is an international sea open to all commercial and military vessels.

Dropping Wall Funds Could Keep Government Open

Government Open

Dropping funds for a US border wall from their spending proposal could net the Republicans the Democratic votes needed to keep government open beyond Friday.

Blackhawk Down in Leonardtown

blackhawk down

A UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter crashed on Breton Bay Golf Course during a routine training exercise out of Fort Belvoir, Virginia, killing one crew member and injuring two others.

DoD Wants 5% Cut on Next Batch of F-35s

F-35s

The latest cut in the cost of the standard F-35 will bring the cost of the standard version of the jet strike fighter below $80 million.

Is Trump’s F-35 a Mistake or Deal Maker?

F-35B

Industry analysts are trying to calibrate the F-35’s future from Trump’s F-35 tweets that it’s cost is ‘out of control’ and word of a multi-year block buy if Lockheed does not protest a buy of F/A-18s from Boeing.

Trump Issues Ultimatum to China

North Korea Missile

Trump’s ultimatum to China: fail to pressure North Korea to disable its nuclear program and the US will take action on its own against North Korea.

Trump Presidency Ripe for BRAC, Say Defense Analysts

Trump BRAC

A Trump BRAC continues to draw speculation from defense analysts who say the time is ripe for the Pentagon to leapfrog congressional reluctance and consolidate it efforts and reduce its property holdings.