August 25, 2019

US Downplays N. Korean Missile Tests

N. Korean Missile Tests

President Donald Trump is downplaying a series of recent missile tests by North Korea, saying he doesn’t consider the launches a setback amid stalled nuclear talks. South Korea believes they are in protest of the failed summit.

2nd Fleet Readies for Baltic Sea Exercise

2nd Fleet Readies for Baltic Sea Exercise

After the US Navy’s new 2nd Fleet stands up later this month, its commander will push the USS Mount Whitney command ship, along with dozens of other NATO vessels, into the Baltic Sea to direct a major exercise primarily to track and meet Russian maneuvers in the North Atlantic and the Arctic.

F-35 Dominates Mock Combat Exercise

At the recent Red Flag mock combat exercise, the Air Force put the F-35 up against “the most advanced weapons systems out there,” and the stealth fighters apparently dominated — so much so that even the rookie pilots were crushing it.

East Coast on Alert As Florence Nears

Florence

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.

SpaceX Gears Up for 1st Crewed Flight

SpaceX crewed flight

SpaceX is gearing up to launch NASA astronauts to space with its Falcon 9 rockets. The agency has been debating whether to allow the company to fuel its spacecraft after the astronauts have boarded.

DoD Report Aims to Head Off ‘Strategic Surprise’

'Strategic Surprise'

A Pentagon study is expected to consider “what potential technological capabilities may not be sufficiently acted upon by the Department of Defense in the decade to come, that will lead to US regrets in 2028,” says Michael Griffin, undersecretary of defense for research and engineering.

Unpredictable Spending Costing DoD Vendors

Pentagon

Unpredictable Pentagon spending has DoD vendors leaving the marketplace. The defense industrial base is shrinking, research and development stagnant, meaning the weapons systems of tomorrow are not being developed today.

Norquist to Give Update on DoD Audit

House Will Hear of DoD Audit's Progress

Department of Defense Comptroller David Norquist is scheduled to testify before the House Armed Services Committee this week to discuss the progress of the Pentagon’s audit.

SpaceX Launches Secret Govt. Satellite

SpaceX Launches Secret Govt. Satellite

SpaceX launched a secret US government satellite called Zuma on Sunday from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

F-35 Fleet Upkeep Becoming More Challenging

F35

Upkeep of the F-35 JSF fleet will become more challenging as the Pentagon prepares for what the program’s manager has called a “tsunami” of new production.