July 17, 2019

ADM Set to Be Navy’s Top Officer Retires

Just days before he was to become the US Navy’s top officer, ADM Bill Moran says he will retire, reportedly due to a professional relationship he kept with a former Navy official accused of sexual misconduct.

UFOs in DoD Ranges & Airspace Prompt New Guidelines

UFOs

A series of sightings of unknown, highly advanced aircraft intruding on Navy strike groups and other sensitive military formations and facilities has prompted new guidelines to the fleet for reporting sightings of any UFOs.

US Moves to Halt F-35 Sale to Turkey

F-35

US takes first step in halting sale of F35 fighter jets to Turkey in retaliation for Ankara’s decision to purchase a Russian surface-to-air missile system.

Carriers Need Lethal UAV and More to Stay Relevant

carriers

Newly released study by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments finds US carriers need new lethal unmanned aircraft and a new fighter to stay relevant.

VA Leaves Millions Unspent for Suicide Outreach

Navy Suicides

Veterans Administration has spent only $57,000 out of $6.2 million set aside for suicide prevention and suicide outreach in the media in fiscal 2018, less than 1 percent, while a respected, retired Marine colonel becomes the fifth suicide since 2013 at the same Florida VA complex.

Retired Marine Col. Jim Turner became the fifth veteran at Bay Pines Department of Veterans Affairs in Florida to take his life, reports Military.com. He put on his dress uniform and medals and drove to the complex. He got out of his truck, sat down on top of his military records and took his own life with a rifle. He left a suicide note blasting the VA for failing to help him. He was remembered as a professional and a leader.

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.

Turkey’s F-35 Purchase Blocked by NDAA

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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.

Senate Blocks F-35 Sale to Turkey

F-35

US Senate blocks Lockheed’s $10 billion sale of F-35s to Turkey, fearing the fighter jet’s secrets are at risk since the NATO ally’s decision to buy the Russian S-400 air defense system.

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.