December 16, 2019

Art & Lifestyle:

SMECO Employees Donate to Charities -

Monday, December 16, 2019

Still Time to See Farm Lights, Museum Exhibits -

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Santa to Fly In to St. Mary’s Airport – Dec. 21 -

Thursday, December 12, 2019

1 Show; 5 Photographers @ Lex Park Library -

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Budget Haggling Threatens Defense

budget

Congressional budget delays give our enemies the advantage, according to the secretary of the Army, budget haggling allows enemies a leap-ahead advantage.

Esper is Sworn in as DefSec

Esper

Mark Esper is sworn in as US Secretary of Defense during an Oval Office ceremony. Esper supports former DefSec Jim Mattis’ National Defense Strategy to maintain preparedness for conflict with capable adversaries like Russia and China.

Trump Says He Can Strike Iran Without Congress OK

Iran

President Trump says he does not need congressional approval to initiate military action in Iran. “I do like keeping them abreast, but I don’t have to do it legally.”

Crashed Japanese F-35 Reported Located

F-35

Although it was announced Monday that the Japanese-built F-35 that crashed into the Pacific last month had been found, the US Air Force continues to deny that it has been located.

Navy’s Aviation Accidents Keep Rising

aviation accidents

Manned aviation accident deaths across the services continue to break records, but the steady six-year climb finally halted this year. Only the Navy did not improve in the total accident categories from 2017 to 2018 and is still 83 percent higher than in 2013.

VA Health Care Could Merge with DoD’s

VA Health

Parts of the VA health care system are being considered for merging into the DoD health care system, potentially impacting 19 million military personnel, retirees, dependents, and vets.

Shutdown Pain Keeps Growing

government 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.

Military Supply-Chain Faces 300 Weak Links

military supply-chain

The Pentagon says a third of the 300 gaps and vulnerabilities in the military supply-chain discovered by an assessment of the defense-industrial base, ordered by President Donald Trump could be addressed in a year.

Turkey’s F-35 Purchase Blocked by NDAA

F-35

The $716B defense authorization bill was signed earlier in the year than any NDAA for the past 40 years and also included a stall in the F-35 sale to Turkey and provided President Trump an opportunity to tout his Space Force.

Congress Says No F-35s to Turkey; Mattis Objects

F-35 to Turkey

The Senate and House move to prevent the sale of F-35s to Turkey, a move DefSec Mattis opposes.