May 18, 2024

Analysis: Spending on UAS to Surge

UAS

Unmanned aerial systems will continue to be one of the most dynamic growth sectors of the world aerospace industry. Recent analysis estimates military UAS research spending is expected to be $71.8 billion over the next decade.

Among Budget Cuts $15M From MD 5 Project

Indian Bridge closed

Among the $3.3 billion major expansion project reductions to Maryland’s capital budget is $15 million from the Route 5 Great Mills project,

DoD Funds 8 New Microelectronics Commons Hubs

Microelectronics

The US Defense Department will award $238 million to eight regional “innovation hubs” around the country which will be a part of the new Microelectronics Commons. The hubs are expected to spur development of a domestic microelectronics manufacturing industry. Three of the hubs are located on the East Coast in Massachusetts, North Carolina, and New York.

Navy, Army, Corps All Without Chiefs

Chief

With the retirement of ADM Mike Gilday, chief of naval operations, the US Navy becomes the third services branch — along with the Marine Corps and Army — to be operating without a Senate-confirmed chief.

A Time to Honor the Fallen

Restrictions

Although Memorial Weekend is also associated with the start of summer and outdoor entertainment, the holiday was created to honor deceased veterans and military personnel. Some suggestions are here to include a commemoration in your holiday celebrations.

New Navy Dive Suit a ‘Game Changer’

Dive

The US Navy has completed tank tests of its new deep-diving suit called the Deep Sea Expeditionary with No Decompression (DSEND) system. The service says the suit is light, flexible, and maintains sea-level internal pressure around the wearer even when hundreds of feet underwater. The DSEND demos took place at NSWC Carderock Division in Maryland and at the Navy Experimental Diving Unit in Florida.

Guard Short of Funds as Role Grows

Even as the National Guard faces drastic cost-cutting measures awaiting its $520 million reimbursement from its months-long mission securing the US Capitol — even grounding aircraft — its top general expects the Pentagon to lean even more heavily on the Guard moving forward.