January 16, 2019

Dems Open Session With Plan to End Shutdown

shutdown

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of Congress today with the goal of ending the government shutdown and reinstating a 1.9 percent federal pay raise Trump rescinded late last year.

DoD Wants More F-35s in the Air

Big Winner

It’s a tall order from DefSec Jim Mattis, but the US needs more F-35s in the air. Ellen Lord, under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, says they’ll get it done.

Analysis: Initial Estimate for Space Force Too High

Space Force

A top defense budget analyst has crunched the numbers and believes the new Space Force military branch may cost a fraction of the original estimate from the Air Force.

DefSec: No Surprise DoD Fails Audit

The Department of Defense failed its first-ever audit, but officials aren’t surprised. “We never thought we were going to pass an audit, right? Everyone was betting against us that we wouldn’t even do the audit,” Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told reporters.

NATO Arctic Exercise Hits Cold War Levels

Arctic

NATO’s Trident Juncture opens this week, a month of NATO military exercises in the Arctic, involving troops operating in the air, on land, and at sea. This year anticipates the biggest show of force since the Cold War with 50,000 troops in place around the Arctic Circle.

First Testing Phase on Carrier Complete

aircraft carrier

Two F-35B Lightning II aircraft from the F-35 Integrated Test Force have left the HMS Queen Elizabeth after completing a first phase of developmental testing.

Problem With Fuel Tubes Grounds F-35s

Problem With Fuel Tubes Grounds F-35s

The Pentagon said it was grounding its fleet of F-35s, just days after the first crash of an F-35B led investigators to suspect there is a problem with the jet’s fuel tubes. Most of the US’ international partners have followed suit.

Hunt Is On to Fill Key Pentagon Jobs

Pentagon Jobs

The White House and Pentagon are looking for a new slate of senior officers to fill several key jobs with several senior military figures set to retire.

Canada to Purchase Used Hornets From Aussies

Used Hornets

Canada plans to close a deal by the end of this year to purchase 25 used F/A-18A/B Hornets from Australia.

Space Force Comes With Big Pricetag

Big Pricetag for Space Force

The Air Force estimates that creating a Space Force will cost $13 billion over the next five years, including an initial $3 billion cost to stand up the service.