December 10, 2018

VADM Malloy on 5th Fleet Temporary Duty

5th Fleet

Navy VADM James Malloy has landed in Bahrain on temporary duty with US 5th Fleet and US Naval Forces Central Command, after the previous commander VADM Scott Stearney was found dead in his home over the weekend from an apparent suicide.

Supersonic Plane Enters Production

Supersonic

Lockheed Martin’s experimental supersonic plane has officially entered production. Earlier this year, NASA awarded the company a contract to develop an aircraft capable of reaching supersonic speed without creating the sonic boom that comes with breaking the sound barrier.

Drones Change the Battlefield & Bases

drones

Drones are already changing the battlefield and impacting US strategy. Increased robotic controls of drones will likely also reduce the human footprint of counterinsurgency as the technology advances.

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.

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.

Blue Angels Set for Major Upgrade

blue angels

The Blue Angels Squadron is set for a major upgrade following a $17 million contract award.

Turkey’s F-35 Purchase Blocked by NDAA

F-35

The $716B defense authorization bill was signed earlier in the year than any NDAA for the past 40 years and also included a stall in the F-35 sale to Turkey and provided President Trump an opportunity to tout his Space Force.

Fitness Trackers Banned for Deployed Troops

Fitness

New Pentagon Policy: deployed service members will no longer be allowed to use fitness tracking apps or other wearable technology that relies on geolocation.

Global Fleet of F-35 Jets Grows

F-35 jets

F-35 jets are already in 12 nations, are set to dominate the Western fighter market for decades to come.

GAO to F-35 JPO: Fix Critical Issues

F-35B :ightning II

The F-35 fighter jet is cruising toward the end of its development phase, but a Government Accountability Office report warns DoD not to move to full-rate production until it’s certain all critical technical issues have been resolved.