August 20, 2019

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-35 top test pilot UK

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-35

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

FY18 Defense Authorization

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.

Ives Recounts Academy’s First Female Class

Ives

Life for the first female class at the US Naval Academy was not easy. Barbara Ives recounts her time there.

US Signals Tougher Strategy With N. Korea

US Signals Tougher Strategy With N. Korea

A White House spokesman said Monday that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson “sent a very clear signal that our policy of strategic patience is over” with North Korea during his recent visit to Asia.

N. Korea Missile Launches Raise New Alarms

N. Korean Missile Tests

North Korea fired several ballistic missiles into the East Sea in an apparent protest against the ongoing joint military drills between South Korea and the US. These launchings Monday raise new alarms about the threat to North Korea’s neighbors.

Flynn Resigns; GOP Reluctant to Investigate

Flynn

Senate Republicans may not want an investigation of Flynn’s ties between Russia and Trump’s team, but the topic is unlikely to go away.