January 24, 2021

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F-35 Full-Rate Production Put on Hold

Production

DoD has put a hold on the full-rate production of the F-35. The Pentagon says technical challenges and the impact of COVID-19 have delayed preparation of the simulation facility where the combat testing will be conducted.

With Peace Deal, Troops Could Be Out of Afghanistan in 14 Months

Afghanistan

The US and the Taliban have signed a peace agreement aimed at ending the 18-year war in Afghanistan. If the Taliban meet their commitments, US troops would leave in 14 months.

NASA Plans 3-D Printing of Habitats on Other Planets

3-D printing

NASA uses 3-D printing to repair tools in space and now wants to use the technology to build habitats on other planets. The US Army deploys its Rapid Fabrication via Additive Manufacturing on the Battlefield, with five printers to get broken equipment ready for battle quicker. The current, fourth deployment of the $250,000 facility, is in South Korea.

Defense Spending Bills Taking Shape

Defense Spending

Both the House and Senate are proposing $675B in defense spending. The House passed its version of the defense appropriations bill last week. Lawmakers will return after the holiday to reconcile their differences in the legislation.

Navy Officers Face Criminal Charges for Pacific Collisions

McCain

Five Navy officers and a chief petty officer have been recommended for possible criminal charges in connection with the separate collisions of the USS John McCain and USS Fitzgerald.

AH-1Z Undergoing Testing at Pax

AH-1Z

The US Navy has successfully completed its first joint air-to-ground missile flight test on the AH-1Z helicopter at NAS Patuxent River.

Traditional & Unmanned Aircraft Paired at Pax

unmanned aircraft

Navy and Pentagon leaders praise the successful pairing of the P-8 Poseidon aircraft with the unmanned MQ-4C Triton undergoing testing of their capabilities at Pax River.

Report: Captain at Fault in El Faro Sinking

El Faro

A Coast Guard report says the primary cause of the 2015 sinking of the cargo ship El Faro, which killed all 33 aboard, was the captain underestimating the strength of a hurricane and overestimating the ship’s strength.

Rosetta Mission Comes to An End

Rosetta Mission

Rosetta, the first spacecraft to orbit a comet, is dead, setting down Friday on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Radio signals from Rosetta flatlined at 7:19 am after it did a soft belly-flop.

Pilots Surveyed Like the F-35 Best

F-35 top test pilot UK

A Heritage Foundation survey of fighter jet pilots finds every surveyed pilot likes the F-35 better than any other fighter jet.