July 7, 2022

Art & Lifestyle:

DoD Wants the Force More Capable, Not Bigger

Capable

The Defense Department is looking to reduce 25,000 military positions. DoD Comptroller Michael McCord said the goal is not to make the force bigger, but to make it more capable. The new budget request would reduce the number of active-duty sailors by 1,184 and the Reserve by 951.

Marines Can’t Protect and Surge

The Marine Corps did not have enough amphibious warships to meet its mandate to protect the nation and answer the call from the head of US European Command for a Marine Expeditionary Unit and Amphibious Ready Group to deploy early to Europe as a hedge against the Russian-Ukraine conflict expanding.

Rocket Lab Breaks Ground at Wallops

Wallops Island

Rocket Lab USA intends to build a 250,000-square-foot production complex and launch pad for its new Neutron rocket on a 28-acre site adjacent to the Wallops Flight Facility.

$39 Million Missile Sale to Ukraine Approved

Ukraine

The same request that helped initiate an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump has netted $39 million in a missile sale to Ukraine to help deter Russia.

Pax Buys Business Chase Jets

C-38A Couriers, from the Air National Guard will be used in testing at NAS Pax River to chase the P-8A, E-2D, MQ-4C, E-6B, and C-130 for testing.

US Unprepared for Major Cyber Attacks

New Normal on the Internet cyber

DISA and the US Cyber Command are doing a good job of preventing defense network cyber attacks but the rest of government is not as well protected.

Lockheed Again “Top” Contractor

Lockheed leads the “Defense News Top 100” list of the largest global defense firms with Boeing, BAE, Northrop and Raytheon rounding out the top 5.

FAA Will Miss UAV Deadline

Webster Field drones

A DOT audit finds the Federal Aviation Administration will miss a 2015 deadline that would allow UAVs to freely fly the nation’s skies.

Contractors and DoD Must Change to Stay Competitive

Pentagon Capitol

Defense contractors and the US military must globalize and adopt more commercial practices.

Morning Coffee: Defense Industry Faces Future Challenges

The 2013 Top-Performing Companies study suggests that the defense industry is prospering but a closer look reveals challenges in the years ahead.