July 20, 2018

US to Stop War Games With So. Korea

War Games on Hold After Korean Summit

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a joint statement Tuesday agreeing to pursue the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. And the military exercises on the peninsula have been put on hold.

New Name for US Pacific Command

US Pacific Command

The US Pacific Command has a new name. It will now be called US Indo-Pacific Command in the latest move to counter Chinese economic and military pressure in the region.

GAO: Pilot Shortage Growing Worse

Pilot Shortage F-35

A new report from the Government Accountability Office shows just how bad the military fighter pilot shortage has become.

Military Aviation Crashes See Big Spike

Aviation Crashes

US Navy aviation mishaps have increased 82 percent in the past five years, the biggest spikes in accidents among all four services. Mishaps involving the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet have jumped 108 percent over the same time period.

Are Shulkin’s Days at VA Numbered?

Are Shulkin's Days at VA Numbered?

Is the Veterans Affairs secretary on his way out? There are conflicting reports. Sources say President Trump is planning to oust David Shulkin amid a rebellion at the agency and damaging government investigations into his alleged spending abuses. Others say the president has confidence in Shulkin “at this point in time.”

VADM Suggests Incentive Pay, Bonuses to Keep Pilots

VADM Robert P. Burke believes the Navy may need to offer aviation incentive pay and aviation bonuses to help retain pilots. “We continue to face challenges within some historically retention-challenged communities, particularly among aviators in specific model/type/series platforms,” Burke told Congress.

Analyst: Space Corps ‘Not Dead at All’

Analyst: Space Corps 'Not Dead at All'

Though the defense policy bill passed by Congress won’t create a new branch of the military dedicated to space, it does make changes that lay the groundwork for a Space Corps to become a reality in the near future. One analyst says, “This issue is not dead at all.”

New Strategy for F-35 on Horizon

F-35 Strategy

The head of the F-35 Joint Program Office floated a new strategy that the JPO hopes will make updates to the fighter jet more efficient and agile.

Will Hike in Flight Pay Help Retain Pilots?

Pilots

The Air Force is looking to keep its pilots so the service is increasing its flight pay for the first time since 1999.

Spencer Is Trump’s Nominee for NavSec

US Navy Secretary nominee Richard Spencer

Richard Spencer, Trump’s new choice for Navy Secretary is a Former financial industry executive and Marine Corps captain.