July 20, 2018

DoD Plans Multi-Year F-35 Buys in FY21

F-35 jets

DoD reveals plans multi-year F-35 buys for cost-savings and is looking to contract to buy nearly 2,000 F-35s starting in fiscal 2021, according to a Selected Acquisition Report released in late March.

Suspicious Packages Arrive in DC Region

suspicious packages

Suspicious packages have been received at military installations in the Washington region and at mail processing facilities for both the CIA and the White House. Packages may have been received at as many as six sites.

Gender Roles Explored at CSM

gender roles

The College of Southern Maryland will host speaker Sean Lare on Oct. 12 in Leonardtown, and Cause Theatre will present “Know Your Role” Oct. 12-14 in La Plata.

White House Seeks Civilian & Military Pay Raise Cap

pay raise

The White House seeks to cap the federal civilian pay raise at an average of 1.9 percent for 2018 and limit the military pay raise to 2.1 percent.

VADM Sawyer to Lead 7th Fleet

Sawyer

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.

Will Hike in Flight Pay Help Retain Pilots?

Pilots

The Air Force is looking to keep its pilots so the service is increasing its flight pay for the first time since 1999.

Corps Orders Aircraft Safety Reviews

Marine Corps safety review Osprey

Marines order all aviation units to stand down for safety reviews; 19 Marines have died in two aircraft crashes since July 10.

What’s Key to F-35’s Future?

Lower costs and international buyers are what the F-35 fighter jet needs to meet the number of aircraft the Pentagon can buy; $3.7 billion interim payment heading to Lockheed Martin for 50 F-35s earmarked for non-US customers.

F-35 Called Significant Deterrence Tool

F-35s Available for Flight

The F-35 has important symbolic value as a conflict deterrent along with its advanced warfighting capabilities.