November 12, 2019

Art & Lifestyle:

USMSM Planning Open House Nov. 14 -

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Amateur Boxing Nov. 16 @ SMCM -

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Still Time to Be Festival of Trees Sponsor -

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Watergate: The Documentary – Nov. 19 -

Monday, November 4, 2019

Gilday, New Navy CNO, Takes Command

Gilday

New Chief of Naval Operations ADM Michael Gilday took over as the highest uniformed office in the sea service last week. He says the Navy “will think differently.”

Misconduct Allegations Stall DoD’s Cloud Contract Award

cloud computing

President Trump’s concern that the DoD $10B cloud-computing contract is biased toward Amazon prompts DefSec Mark Esper to order another review of the acquisition process. The competition is between Amazon and Microsoft.

UK to Join US Navy in Strait of Hormuz

Strait of Hormuz

Britain will join a US-led naval security mission in the Strait of Hormuz, raising tensions in the region. Iran’s foreign minister calls the US ratcheting up of sanctions a “failure” for diplomacy.

Might a Fitness Band Replace Fitness Tests?

fitness

The technology exists to make a fitness band for sailors that could replace the semi-annual fitness test and create a “culture of fitness,” says Juan M. Garcia III, the former assistant secretary of the Navy for manpower and reserve affairs and retired Navy Reserve captain.

$738B for DoD Not Enough, Says GOP

DoD

The nearly $1.4 trillion spending plan — which would prevent a government shutdown this fall and do away with the final two years of budget caps known as sequestration — includes about $738 billion for DoD in FY2020, a 3 percent increase from current year levels.

F-35 Will Miss Readiness Mark

Readiness

Presumptive DefSec Mark Esper says the F-35 won’t hit 80 percent readiness this year, held back by a cockpit part that improves stealth performance.

China Lake at Epicenter of Quakes

China Lake

Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake was identified as the epicenter of the two major July 4 and 5 earthquakes and many more smaller quakes. The base remains “not mission capable” and closed to all but essential personnel. Water and power had been restored to most of the base by Tuesday.

Will Hefty Bonuses Get Pilots to Stay?

Bonuses

The Marine Corps’ fiscal 2020 aviation bonuses are aimed at enticing pilots to sign eight-year contracts and plug the flood of Marine aviators trading in their military wings to fly civilian skies.

Trump Says He Can Strike Iran Without Congress OK

Iran

President Trump says he does not need congressional approval to initiate military action in Iran. “I do like keeping them abreast, but I don’t have to do it legally.”

DoD Blocked LCS Cost Overruns from GAO Report

LCS cost overruns

A week before the FY17 DoD budget — upped to $584 billion — is expected to finally reach the House floor, a congressional audit reports cost overruns in the controversial Littoral Combat Ship program were classified and kept out of an earlier Government Accountability Office report.