August 8, 2020

US Conducts Operations in South China Sea for 2nd Time in 2 Weeks

Operations

The US Navy again has two carrier strike groups — USS Nimitz and USS Ronald Reagan — conducting operations in the South China Sea. Rhetoric is heating up in the region, where Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam are challenging China’s claim to about 90% of the sea. The Navy notes that the carrier operations are unrelated to current events.

DoD Lifts Travel Restrictions in 39 States, 5 Countries

Travel Restrictions

Thirty-nine states and five host nations meet the conditions to lift travel restrictions, according to the Defense Department, subject to the assessment of conditions at individual military installations within these areas. Maryland is one of the states on the list.

GAO: F-35 Plagued With Problems

GAO Report F-35

A Government Accountability Office report says DoD’s new fleet of F-35 Lightning IIs is experiencing spare parts shortages and other sustainment problems that are hurting the readiness of the fighter jets.

Hagel Pushes BRAC and Benefit Cuts

Mr. Hagel wants a new round of military base closures (BRAC) and to limit troop benefits to give the DoD flexibility in addressing its budget problems.

Hagel Specifies New Offset Strategy

Robotics, autonomous systems, miniaturization, big data, and advanced manufacturing are identified as priority offset strategy technology areas.

Wind Farm Debate Continues

wind turbine farm

The Somerset County Wind Farm debate continues after a 2-2 vote allows the project to move forward, but not necessarily to a final vote.

F-35C Lands on USS Nimitz

F-35C JSF night takeoff

An F-35C Lightning II made an arrested landing aboard the USS Nimitz in an important milestone for both the stealth fighter and naval aviation history.

DoD Objects to Wind Farm

wind turbine farm

The Somerset County wind farm project now faces formal Pentagon opposition based on possible NAS Pax River radar interference.

China’s J-31 Stealth Fighter Unveiled Soon

The J-31 stealth fighter is a land based jet but could also evolve into a carrier based ‘naval configuration’, and become a direct competitor for the F-35.

F-35 Combat Ready by Mid-2015?

F-35B

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is on track to conduct trials aboard the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier in November and could be combat ready by mid-2015.