January 16, 2019

Maryland Among Top States Affected by Shutdown

Maryland ranks among the top states most affected by the partial federal government shutdown. The District of Columbia ranked the top most affected state (No. 1), followed by New Mexico (No. 2), and Maryland (No. 3).

Dems Open Session With Plan to End Shutdown

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With a special caveat to discuss border security later, House Democrats open the new session of Congress today with the goal of ending the government shutdown and reinstating a 1.9 percent federal pay raise Trump rescinded late last year.

China Considers Attack on US Vessels in South China Sea

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Trade wars and intensification of China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea toughen China’s stance toward US, including consideration of attacks on US vessels.

Baltimore’s Liberty Ship Needs a New Home

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The John W. Brown is one of only two fully operational Liberty ships, which transported vast numbers of military personnel and countless tons of cargo during the war — and the only one sailing regularly out of the port city where it was built, Baltimore, where it’s lease expires September 2019.

Hornet Crash Was 2nd Involving Aircraft From the Reagan

An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan suffered what authorities believe was a “mechanical issue” during routine operations Monday over the Philippine Sea. The crew was forced to eject. It was the second crash in less than a month involving aircraft from the Reagan.

New Performance Incentives for F-35, Not for Industry

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Lockheed’s contract for future F-35s is tied to performance incentives, but DoD efforts to tie all defense contracts to performance indicators has been withdrawn in the face of industry and congressional outcry.

DoD Down Thousands of Cyber Workers

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DoD’s chief information officer told a Senate committee last week that the Defense Department lost thousands of civilian cyber workers in the past year, mainly in IT management and computer science-related positions.

East Coast on Alert As Florence Nears

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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.

First F-35C Flight Mishap Costs $2 Million

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An F-35C flying from USS Abraham Lincoln was damaged during an aerial refueling exercise. Debris from an aerial refueling basket was ingested into the F-35C’s engine intake, resulting in damage costing about $2 million.

McConnell Says, “Russians Are Not Our Friends”

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Senate Majority Leader notes alleged meddling in US and European elections and the 2014 annexation of Crimea, saying, “The Russians are not our friends … [they] are acting like the old Soviet Union used to act,”