July 7, 2022

Art & Lifestyle:

More Weapons on the Way to Ukraine

Weapons

More weapons – howitzers, artillery rounds, unmanned aerial systems – are on the way to Ukraine as part of the US’ latest arms package. And a retired three-star Army lieutenant general will help coordinate the security assistance the US and other partner nations are providing.

DoD Hit Hardest by $15 Minimum Wage

Of the federal government’s 2.2 million civilian employees, 67,000 will be impacted by the raising of the minimum wage to $15. Of those, over 56,000 currently work at the DoD. OPM’s says the pay rate changes must be made by January 30, 2022.

Mysterious Drones Visited THAAD Battery in Guam

drone incursion

The US Army’s Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery charged with defending Guam from ballistic missile attacks appeared in the area of interest last year when repeated drone incursions over Andersen Air Force Base were spotted.

F-35A Altitude Restrictions Lifted

F-35A Altitude Restrictions

The Air Force is lifting its altitude flight restriction for F-35A Joint Strike Fighters at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona.

History Made Aboard the USS Ford

F/A-18

The USS Gerald R. Ford made history last week with the successful landing and launching of aircraft from VX-23 using the Advanced Arresting Gear and Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System.

1st Japanese-Built F-35A Unveiled

1st Japanese-Built F-35A Unveiled

What’s different about the Japan’s fifth F-35A fighter jet? While that country’s first four planes were delivered from Lockheed Martin’s Dallas/Fort Worth factory, this is the first Japanese built F-35A.

Navy Sends Congress Its $5.3B Wish List

Super Hornet F18

The Navy wants an extra $5.3B and the Air Force wants an extra $10.7B for planes, ships, missiles, and other smaller projects that did not make it into their 2018 budget requests.

Work Asks: “How Does Fear Play Out … Between Unmanned Systems?”

Artificial intelligence changes conflict, says DepDefSec Robert Work about the nature of war, which is.a collision of will, fear, uncertainty, and chance.

Trump: Ditch EMALS Catapult System

Trump : Ditch New Catapult Launch System

President Trump said the Navy should abandon its plans for electromagnetic catapults — the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System, or EMALS — for carrier aviation and return to the steam-powered launch and recovery system.

Who’s Buying F-35s And How Many?

arms sales F-35s

The US and eight other nations are partnering with Lockheed Martin to develop the F-35 for use by their air forces. Recently, even more countries have expressed an interest in acquiring the fighter jet. Which countries are buying F-35s and how many do they want?