August 4, 2020

US Conducts Operations in South China Sea for 2nd Time in 2 Weeks

Operations

The US Navy again has two carrier strike groups — USS Nimitz and USS Ronald Reagan — conducting operations in the South China Sea. Rhetoric is heating up in the region, where Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam are challenging China’s claim to about 90% of the sea. The Navy notes that the carrier operations are unrelated to current events.

Historied USS Nevada Found 3 Miles Deep Off Pearl Harbor

USS Nevada

The USS Nevada may be the most resilient battleship in the history of the Navy: Commissioned in 1916, survived bombing of Pearl Harbor; fought in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters of WWII, and went on to prove nearly unsinkable into the emerging atomic age.

Can a Government Shutdown Be Avoided?

CARES Act

President Donald Trump tells lawmakers that he would sign a stopgap spending bill to avoid a government shutdown, so long as it does not restrict his ability to build a border wall between Mexico and the US.

Israelis Test Stallion, Chinook at Pax River

NAVAIR CH-53K King Stallion

An Israeli delegation was at NAS Patuxent River testing the CH-53K King Stallion and the CH-47F Block II Chinook. Israel is looking to purchase 20 helicopters and upgrade its current fleet.

VA to Review Benefit Denials to Sexual Assault Victims

VA

An IG report found VA officials improperly denied benefits to thousands of military sexual assault victims. The department will review all denied military sexual trauma claims from October 2016 forward.

Military Families Dissatisfaction with Tricare Grows

tricare

Military families are growing more dissatisfied with their Tricare medical insurance according to a recent survey of more than 8,500 Tricare beneficiaries.

Russia Is Jamming US Drones in Syria

US drones

Russian jamming of small US drones in Syria is having an impact on American military operations.

Self-Driving Cars in Terrorists’ Future Also

self-driving cars

The future is bright for self-driving cars, but credible reports out of Finland show terrorist groups considering how autonomous vehicles can replace suicide bombers and conduct ramming attacks.

NAVAIR Hosts CH-53K Test Flight

CH-53K Test Flight

NAVAIR says the CH-53K King Stallion flew a 90-minute, first-of-its-kind, orientation test flight Nov. 7 at NAS Patuxent River for an Israeli Air Force official.

Japan Struggles to Accept Osprey Role After Recent Crash

Osprey

Despite strong local concerns about the safety of the US V-22 Ospreys at Okinawa, the Japanese Defense Ministry describes the aircraft as imperative for Japan’s defense.