August 21, 2019

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.

Hornet Crash Was 2nd Involving Aircraft From the Reagan

An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan suffered what authorities believe was a “mechanical issue” during routine operations Monday over the Philippine Sea. The crew was forced to eject. It was the second crash in less than a month involving aircraft from the Reagan.

Net Neutrality Repeal Sparks Paid Prioritization at AT&T

net neutrality

With the approaching net neutrality repeal, AT&T is readying prioritization plans, which the company says are based upon life and safety imperatives and not fast versus slow lanes of internet service for customers. Proponents of net neutrality fear its repeal will hinder equal access to the internet.

Trump Reviewing Drone Export Policy

Drone Export Policy

The Trump administration is launching a review of the US’s drone export policy. The expectation in the industry is that the administration will make it easier to export US-manufactured systems.

History Made Aboard the USS Ford

F/A-18

The USS Gerald R. Ford made history last week with the successful landing and launching of aircraft from VX-23 using the Advanced Arresting Gear and Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System.

Pax Hosts New Round of F-35 Ski-Ramp Tests

F-35B flight trials

The F-35 Lightning II Pax River Integrated Test Force has begun a second round of F-35B ski-ramp testing at NAS Patuxent River.

Navy Urged to Revise Ship Delivery Policy

ship delivery policy

The Government Accountability Office is urging the US Navy to revise its ship delivery policy to keep defective and incomplete ships from entering the service branch’s operational fleet. Shipbuilders often deliver ships to the Navy with multiple defects.

China Invited to Rim of the Pacific Exercises

China

Despite tensions in the South China Sea & tense aerial confrontations, China has been invited to attend next year’s US-hosted Rim of the Pacific exercises.

Trump: Ditch EMALS Catapult System

Trump : Ditch New Catapult Launch System

President Trump said the Navy should abandon its plans for electromagnetic catapults — the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System, or EMALS — for carrier aviation and return to the steam-powered launch and recovery system.

F-35 Not Likely Combat Ready in 2018-19

f-35

Pentagon finds more than 200 deficiencies in the F-35 stealth jets, a rate of about 20 month.