July 20, 2018

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.

Navy to Scrap Old for New Hornets

Hornet

The Navy will scrap almost 140 older Hornets and accelerate the transition to newer Super Hornets, expecting to recoup more than $850 million across five years of maintenance savings.

Problems Aside, DoD Plans for More F-35s

F-35

Pentagon seeks to spend $10.7 billion more on F-35s in FY19, despite persistent problems. DoD plans to put 77 more joint strike fighters their FY19 budget plan, which is due out next week.

Unauthorized “Fire and Fury” Spreading Malware

Hackers are using unauthorized PDF versions of the controversial book “Fire and Fury” to spread malware.

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.

AH-1Z Undergoing Testing at Pax

AH-1Z

The US Navy has successfully completed its first joint air-to-ground missile flight test on the AH-1Z helicopter at NAS Patuxent River.

F-35s Made for Modern Electronic Warfare

F-35

An analysis of the F-35 finds the joint strike fighter an excellent fit into the demands of modern electronic warfare.

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.