July 20, 2018

Can FY19 Budget Staunch R&D Spending Decline?

R&D

Congressional and Pentagon leaders are concerned that the steadily declining portion of the military budget spent on research and development is exacerbating the threat that the US is losing its technological edge against its competitors and enemies. The Senate Appropriation Committee looks to boost R&D spending in the FY19 budget.

Naval Aviation Ground Mishaps on Rise

Class C ground mishaps in naval aviation have doubled in the past decade. VADM DeWolfe Miller, Naval Air Forces chief, has made eliminating the mistakes his current No. 2 priority — behind the continued efforts to eliminate cockpit physiological episodes.

US Revising Rules on Military Drone Exports

Military Drone Exports

President Trump signed a memorandum late last week that revises rules for export of military drones, including big target and long-range reconnaissance drones such as the Predator and Reaper aircraft.

Small Drones = Big Problems in Middle East

Funding for Drones

The threat of small unmanned aerial systems overseas – especially in Iraq and Syria – has been a key focus of top leaders from across the Department of Defense. The problem has become so acute that top officials in the region have made counter-drones the top force protection priority.

DoD Proposes 2019 BRAC

BRAC

DoD’s latest attempt to gain congressional support for a BRAC round has the Government Accountability Office, not an independent commission, validate the analysis before Congress makes the final call.

Primes Rate Their Subs

Prime contractors assess sub-contractors, find room for improvement.

Mikulski Optimistic on Avoiding Shutdown

Senator Mikulski believes that Congress can pass a stopgap spending measure by this weekend and avoid an October 1 government shutdown.