April 21, 2019

No US Carrier in Persian Gulf

Persian Gulf

As the Iran Nuclear deal starts, for the first time since 2008 the US has no aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf, and won’t until winter.

Amazon Reveals UAV Delivery Strategy

delivery drone

Last month’s publishing of Amazon’s patent reveals how the company expects to deliver packages via drone.

McCain: UCLASS Should Carry 2-Ton Payload

Sen. McCain writes DefSec Carter: turn UCLASS mission from reconnaissance to strike.

UCLASS Delayed Another Year

Questions about mission and platform requirements continue to delay the drafting of an RFP for the Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike System.

Next-Gen Bombers Likely Also in Classified Budget

Next-gen bombers and subs are in the DoD budget, but more funds are likely hidden in the classified budget.

Senate Passes 2015 Spending Bill

The $1.1 trillion 2015 spending bill approved by the Senate over the weekend funds most of the federal government through the next fiscal year.

UCLASS Funding Restricted

Funding restrictions for the planned Navy UCLASS program are specified in the 2015 compromise defense bill over design and mission concerns.

Pentagon Addresses Climate Change

A new DoD report states that climate change will affect the Pentagon’s ability to “defend the nation” and “poses immediate risks to US national security.”

Navy’s ISR Balancing Act

p-8a poseidon torpedo

The Navy is challenged by intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) options including the MQ-4C Triton, P-8 Poseidon and the planned UCLASS.

GAO Calls F-35 “Not Affordable”

Draft report says the F-35’s long-term costs may be substantially higher than those of the existing F/A-18, F-15, F-16 and Harrier combat aircraft fleets.