July 10, 2020

Art & Lifestyle:

In Indo-Pacific Region, a Massive Show of US Naval Force

Indo-Pacific

While China builds up its military outposts in the South China Sea, putting missile and electronic warfare systems on them, the US and other allies have beefed up operations. For the first time in nearly three years, three American aircraft carriers are patrolling the Indo-Pacific waters, a massive show of naval force.

Supply Chain Problems Ahead for DoD

supply chain

DoD must brace for long-term supply chain problems associated with trade flow disruptions, such as container ships piling up unopened at US docks. The greatest impacts will be to DoD’s second-, third-, and fourth-tier suppliers who sell primarily to the civil and consumer markets.

Flying Cars Highlight Air Force Event

flying cars

Some 50 vendors of electric vertical take off and landing aircraft — including flying cars — will strut their stuff next week to potential buyers across the US military services and government at the Air Force’s April 27-May 1 Agility Prime program’s virtual event.

F-35 Called Safe, Despite Wrong Bolts

F-35 bolts

DoD’s acquisition chief says the F-35 fleet is safe to fly, despite an unknown number of under-strength bolts in critical areas of the jet. Neither the Pentagon nor Lockheed know how many aircraft are affected.

DoD Fails 2nd Audit – No Surprise

DoD Fails Audit

DoD’s second-ever financial audit shows some progress, but uncovers more new problems than fixes. DoD has 3 million employees, 4,500 defense sites in 160 countries, a $292 billion inventory, more than $2.9 trillion in total assets, and $2.8 trillion in liabilities.

DefSec Warns US Allies: Be Wary of China

China

A warning from DefSec Mark Esper to US European allies: Be wary of China. It is beleived that Beijing seeks greater global influence by leveraging economic power and stealing technology.

Navy Is Upping Its Game in the Pacific

Pacific

The littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords deployed last week from San Diego packing the US Navy’s new naval strike missile. It’s headed to the Indo-Pacific theater.

Gilday, New Navy CNO, Takes Command

Gilday

New Chief of Naval Operations ADM Michael Gilday took over as the highest uniformed office in the sea service last week. He says the Navy “will think differently.”

US Expected to Have Large Presence at Paris Air Show

Paris Air Show

The US is expected to have the largest international presence at the Paris Air Show that kicked off Monday. More than 2,400 companies from 49 countries will be exhibiting at the show.

Carriers to Return to Steam Catapult Systems

Steam Catapult

President Trump has ordered that carriers go back to steam catapult systems for launching aircraft, a move that could cost billions and reduce the ships’ capabilities.