April 22, 2019

Pentagon to Retire USS Truman Two Decades Early

2nd Fleet

The Pentagon wants to retire the Nimitz-class carrier USS Harry Truman two decades early, which would cut the US aircraft carrier fleet from 11 to 10.

Trump Expected to Call for End to Ongoing US Wars Overseas

Trump Expected to Call for End to Ongoing US Wars Overseas

President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech tonight, Feb. 5, is expected to call for an end to America’s ongoing wars overseas, building on his recent comments suggesting troop drawdowns in Afghanistan and the Middle East.

Expect a ‘Leaner, Agile’ Resurrected 2nd Fleet

2nd Fleet

The resurrected 2nd Fleet will become operational by early next year. The fleet will oversee the training of Navy forces on the East Coast. Expect the fleet to be “leaner, agile, and more expeditionary” than it was when deactivated in 2011.

Military Joins Relief Efforts After Hurricane

Hurricane Relief Efforts

The military has joined relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Florence’s landfall. DoD has assigned 13,470 personnel and deployed 1,286 military assets, according to the US Northern Command.

US Faces Cyber Threats on Many Fronts

cyber threats

National Intelligence Director Dan Coats issues warnings about cyber threats to US national security. Digital attempts to undermine America are occurring daily, not just at election time from Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, and criminal networks and individual hackers.

A New Flying Classroom for Test Pilots

Flying Classroom

An old Fairchild Swearingen C-26A Metroliner is now the Airborne Systems Training and Research Support, or ASTARS III, and belongs to the Test Pilot School at NAS Pax. The aircraft will serve as a flying classroom.

Pentagon Hiring More Civilian Workers

Pentagon

The Pentagon is hiring more civilian employees to support expanding investments in cyber, intelligence, engineering, shipbuilding, and logistics.

Lawmakers Chide Navy for Continued Physiological Episodes

Physiological Episodes

The Navy is trying to find a way to alert Congress earlier of ongoing Physiological Episodes in response to a chiding from the House Armed Services Committee for failing to more promptly disclose the January failure of the environmental control system of an E/A-18G Growler.

Reaper Drones Help Combat Wildfires

drones fighting wildfires

Remotely piloted Air Force drones were put to work to help combat the recent California wildfires. MQ-9 Reapers from the Air National Guard’s 163rd Attack Wing were put into service in Northern California.

F-35 Destined for Combat Test

F-35

So far this year, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has been deployed twice, though neither deployment was in a combat capacity. With the US waging increasingly anti-terror operations, as the military deploys more and more it seems unavoidable that the F-35 is destined for a combat test.