March 20, 2019

Maryland Among Top States Affected by Shutdown

Maryland ranks among the top states most affected by the partial federal government shutdown. The District of Columbia ranked the top most affected state (No. 1), followed by New Mexico (No. 2), and Maryland (No. 3).

F-35 Squadron Passes Safe-for-Flight Test

F-35 Safe-for-Flight

A Navy F-35C Lighting II squadron netted a safe-for-flight operations certification, hitting another milestone on the way to initial operational capability. Pentagon officials say that could come as soon as late February.

NASA InSight Set for Mars Landing Monday

Mars Landing

NASA’s InSight lander is set to complete its six-month journey to Mars at 3 pm today, Nov. 26. Watch the landing live starting at about 2 pm.

F-35s, F-16s Boost Foreign Military Sales

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The US is expected to deliver $61.4 billion in foreign military sales by the end of the fiscal year, compared to $41.9 billion last year. Some of the big ticket pending sales include 34 F-35s to Belgium for $6.5 billion, 14 F-16s to Slovakia at a cost of $2.9 billion, and six C-130 aircraft to Germany at a cost of $1.4 billion.

First DoD-Wide Audit Announced

Pentagon Jobs

The Pentagon’s office of the inspector general announced the start of the first agencywide financial audit. Beginning in 2018, audits will occur annually.

Scrambling to Avoid Gov’t Shutdown

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Congress is scrambling to avoid a government shutdown. Republicans push for a short-term funding measure.

Mattis Says 16-Year-Old War Authorization Sufficient

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Despite bipartisan unease with the 2001-2002 war authorization allowing the military to continue to fight the Islamic State forces, there is no congressional agreement on a path forward to address an update.

Hoyer Signs Letter Against Transgender Ban

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More than 140 members of Congress have penned a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to reconsider his discriminatory ban on transgender people serving in the armed forces.

VADM Sawyer to Lead 7th Fleet

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VADM Phillip G. Sawyer, the new leader of the Navy’s troubled 7th Fleet, has arrived in Japan, replacing Joseph Aucoin, who was relieved last week after a second fatal collision involving one of his ships claimed the lives of 10 sailors.