August 19, 2019

Tight Deadline to Get Esper Confirmed

Mark Esper

The White House needs to work fast to install a permanent Pentagon chief. Acting DefSec Mark Esper, the president’s pick for the top defense post, is not permitted to serve in his current role beyond July 30.

Who Has the Highest Share of High-Tech Jobs in US?

Restoration Advisory Board

A recent study reveals the top areas across the US known for their output of high-tech products and services. No. 1 is California-Lexington Park, MD, with the highest share of high-tech jobs.

China Is Biggest Exporter of Combat Drones

combat drones

China is now the biggest exporter of combat drones, with the Middle East among the main recipients.

Deteriorating Propeller Blades Ground C-130s

Safety Stand Down

The Air Force grounded 60 C-130H Hercules aircraft after a review found their pre-1971 propeller blades could be susceptible to dangerous cracking. Five of those C-130s have had their blades replaced and returned to flying status.

Pentagon Creates New Joint AI Office

Pentagon Creates New Joint AI Office

A new Joint Artificial Intelligence Center at the Pentagon will have oversight over almost all service and defense agency AI efforts.

For 1st Time, F-35 Pilots Train at Japan Air Base

F-35 Pilots

Marine Corps F-35B Lighting II stealth fighters are training alongside Japanese F-35As for the first time at Misawa Air Base in northern Japan. US and Japanese airmen welcomed the first operational JASDF F-35A to Misawa earlier this year.

US Revising Rules on Military Drone Exports

Military Drone Exports

President Trump signed a memorandum late last week that revises rules for export of military drones, including big target and long-range reconnaissance drones such as the Predator and Reaper aircraft.

Plan for DoD Cuts Meets Opposition

Pentagon Jobs

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry’s plan to revamp many defense support agencies was met with skepticism from lawmakers and former defense officials just one day after the legislation was floated.

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.

X-47B Demo Barged from Pax to First Carrier Test Ops

Navy will use USS Harry S. Truman as the first aircraft carrier to conduct X-47B tests for carrier deck handling of an unmanned aircraft.