April 21, 2019

Navy Plans for Unmanned ‘Ghost Fleet’

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Navy plans for a “ghost fleet” of 10 large unmanned vessels able to operate without humans aboard and estimated at $2.7 billion over the next five years.

Most F-35s Return to Flight

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Most F-35s return to flight operations after fuel tubes were inspected. About 20 percent are still awaiting replacement tubes.

Defense Bill Includes Submarine Launched Nuclear Weapon

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The Senate and House agreed on a $716 billion defense authorization bill which includes $65 million to develop a controversial new submarine-launched nuclear weapon, the Trident II D5 with a W76-2, aimed at deterring Russia.

Trump’s Military Parade Tentatively Set for Veterans Day in DC

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Nothing’s final and none of the $10 million to $30 million necessary has been located, but tentatively President Donald Trump’s military parade is scheduled for Veterans Day in Washington, DC.

Is F-35 ‘Ready to Go at 50 Below’?

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Along with everything else, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has to operate in harsh weather conditions. A series of tests is slated for Eielson AFB in Alaska, with the motto, “Ready to Go at 50 Below!”

Japan Struggles to Accept Osprey Role After Recent Crash

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Despite strong local concerns about the safety of the US V-22 Ospreys at Okinawa, the Japanese Defense Ministry describes the aircraft as imperative for Japan’s defense.

Warships’ Nuclear Waste Heading to Idaho

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A $1.65 billion nuclear waste storage facility in eastern Idaho will be built to handle fuel waste from the nation’s fleet of nuclear-powered warships.

Lasers Shoot Down a UAV at ‘Black Dart’

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Lasers features increasingly prominently in military researching seeking radically advanced weapons.

Help Wanted: Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity jobs are vacant across the nation, with 74 percent more job postings in five years, and the need still growing.