May 30, 2020

Service Members Should Expect Pay Hike in January

Pay Hike

Service members should see a 3% raise starting in January 2020 under the federal budget plan unveiled by the White House in February. The top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee said the worldwide pandemic won’t change the potential national security threats facing the military, and lawmakers need to make sure that defense funding isn’t compromised.

DoD End-of-Year Contracts Awarded

End-of-Year Contracts

These are the end-of-year Department of Defense contracts awarded in the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC, region from December 23 through December 31, 2019.

Charges Dropped Against Fitzgerald CO

charges dropped

Former Fitzgerald CO Cmdr. Bryce Benson gives an 18-page rebuttal of charges against him regarding the 2017 collision with a merchant vessel that killed seven sailors. The Navy also dropped all criminal charges against Lt. Natalie Combs.

Cyber Summit Planned Sept. 18

New Leadership

Mark your calendar for The Patuxent Partnership’s one-day Cyber Summit on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center.

East Coast on Alert As Florence Nears

Florence

The mid-Atlantic region is expecting to be impacted by the approaching Hurricane Florence. Naval Station Norfolk is among the military installation taking precautions. The National Hurricane Center says it is still too early to predict the storm’s exact path.

Navy Eliminates Office Overseeing Warfare UAVs

Triton

The Navy’s Office of Unmanned Warfare Systems has been eliminated, and its functions are being distributed to other offices. OPNAV N99 was set up less than two years ago to oversee the warfare development of UAVs by then-NavSec Ray Mabus.

House Partisanship Draws Government Closer to Shut-down

Partisanship drags US toward closure while one Democrat and two Republican governors ally to strengthen their chances for an FAA drone designation..

Netherlands Says Yes to F-35; Insitu Wins $330M UAV Contract

Dutch government calls F-35 purchase “the most future-proof option.” Also, industry advances positive as DoD, law enforcement, and Congress weigh in on tragic events at Washington Navy Yard.

JSF Vertical Take-off from Pax; DoD Budget Out Today

JSF continues a week of successes at Pax, but the week ahead for Defense Authorization Bills look less sunny.

Navy to Relocate Triton Program to Pt. Mugu

MQ-4C Triton

About 700 jobs will be moving to California to support the Navy’s surveillance drone.