May 21, 2018

Putin Touts Invincible Nuclear Weapons as Russian Elections Near

Putin

Putin touts infinite-range missiles that are cannot be intercepted with a video showing hits on the US homeland. Western experts suggest he’s exaggerating Russia’s capabilities, but also warn of immediate needs in the US defenses and nuclear platforms.

Problems Aside, DoD Plans for More F-35s

F-35

Pentagon seeks to spend $10.7 billion more on F-35s in FY19, despite persistent problems. DoD plans to put 77 more joint strike fighters their FY19 budget plan, which is due out next week.

GAO vs DoD on F-35 Parts Purchases

F-35

DoD needs to procure big quantities of F-35 parts to drive down aircraft costs. The GAO does not see the expenditure today worth the future value.

What Would a Bigger Navy Fleet Look Like?

navy fleet

Everyone wants a bigger Navy fleet, but no one knows what that means in terms of submarines, carriers, planes, or anything else.

Canada’s Exit Raises JSF Price

Canada

With Canada out, only eight counties remain to develop the Joint Strike Fighter, making each JSF price higher for everyone else.

FY14 Pentagon Funding Uncertainty “Extraordinary Situation”

Three very different 2014 DOD funding scenarios are still being considered a month and a half into the fiscal year.