May 19, 2019

Charges Dropped Against Fitzgerald CO

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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

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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.

‘Hail Mary’ Sequestration Bill Hits the House

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Rep. Randy Forbes offers a “Hail Mary play” to end sequestration.

Civilian, Contractor Job Cut Targets Remain in Senate Bill

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Though a House version has no provision for workforce reduction, the Senate’s defense bill targets up to 36,000 jobs.