March 20, 2019

China Is Biggest Exporter of Combat Drones

combat drones

China is now the biggest exporter of combat drones, with the Middle East among the main recipients.

Carriers Need Lethal UAV and More to Stay Relevant

carriers

Newly released study by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments finds US carriers need new lethal unmanned aircraft and a new fighter to stay relevant.

Shutdown Pain Keeps Growing

shutdown

A quarter of the federal government has been partially closed for more than two weeks. Check out the growing list of shutdown-affected agencies here and on the Eastern Shore.

Navy Plans Two Carriers, One Contract

Aircraft carriers

The Navy plans to commit $24 billion to buy two new Ford-class aircraft carriers under the same contract, a commitment that should save 5 to 10 percent over buying each carrier separately.

NASA Plans 3-D Printing of Habitats on Other Planets

3-D printing

NASA uses 3-D printing to repair tools in space and now wants to use the technology to build habitats on other planets. The US Army deploys its Rapid Fabrication via Additive Manufacturing on the Battlefield, with five printers to get broken equipment ready for battle quicker. The current, fourth deployment of the $250,000 facility, is in South Korea.

F-35C Joins Carrier Flight Operations

F-35C

For the first time, the F-35Cs launched, recovered, and maneuvered around the flight deck alongside F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, EA-18G Growlers, and E-2D Advanced Hawkeyes.

25% Cut to DoD Support Agencies Proposed

25% cut to DoD

Thornberry’s proposed 25% cut to DoD would impact “fourth estate” agencies supported by 200,000 civilians and 600,000 contractors, at a cost of more than $100 billion per year.

US & UK Accuse Russia of Global Cyber Attacks

global cyber attacks

The US and UK blame Russia for coordinated cyber attacks on internet devices across the globe. White House says the US is “going to push back.”

New Presidential Helicopter Fleet on Schedule

Presidential Helicopter Fleet

Sikorsky is four years into its $1.2 billion contract to replace the president’s helicopter fleet with its VH-92A in 2019.

DoD to Decentralize F-35 Program

F-35

The letter to the Pentagon announcing plans to decentralize the F35 program office came from the newly reconfigured office of the undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment. Each service running its own program is a more traditional model.