May 26, 2019

F-35 Brings Billions to Md.’s Economy

F-35

The F-35 is expected to add $2 billion to Maryland’s economy over the next decade, and almost 6,000 civilian and military jobs to the region.

Trump Expected to Call for End to Ongoing US Wars Overseas

Trump Expected to Call for End to Ongoing US Wars Overseas

President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech tonight, Feb. 5, is expected to call for an end to America’s ongoing wars overseas, building on his recent comments suggesting troop drawdowns in Afghanistan and the Middle East.

Navy’s First Female Jet Pilot Dies

Female Jet Pilot

The US Navy’s first female jet pilot, Rosemary Mariner, died last week. She was 65.

Is Another Shutdown on the Horizon?

Is Another Shutdown on the Horizon?

The deal reached to reopen the federal government gives President Donald Trump and Congress until Feb. 15 to reach a new deal to prevent another partial shutdown.

Settlement Reached in Fitzgerald Collision

Fitzgerald

Olympic Steamship Company, owner of the merchant vessel, the ACX Crystal, that collided with the USS Fitzgerald in 2017, will pay the US government nearly $27 million as part of a settlement agreement. Seven sailors drowned.

Navy Plans Two Carriers, One Contract

Aircraft carriers

The Navy plans to commit $24 billion to buy two new Ford-class aircraft carriers under the same contract, a commitment that should save 5 to 10 percent over buying each carrier separately.

CBO Still Sees Billions in Savings in the Military

CBO

Capping pay, scrapping aircraft, slashing benefits and a host of already discussed military and veterans program reforms reappear in this year’s CBO annual “options for reducing the deficit” report.

Will a Government Shutdown Be Avoided?

Is Another Shutdown on the Horizon?

Congress has only a few days left to pass a funding package for several large federal agencies and general government appropriations to avoid a government shutdown.

VADM Malloy on 5th Fleet Temporary Duty

5th Fleet

Navy VADM James Malloy has landed in Bahrain on temporary duty with US 5th Fleet and US Naval Forces Central Command, after the previous commander VADM Scott Stearney was found dead in his home over the weekend from an apparent suicide.

DoD Wants More F-35s in the Air

F-35

It’s a tall order from DefSec Jim Mattis, but the US needs more F-35s in the air. Ellen Lord, under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, says they’ll get it done.