August 12, 2020

Art & Lifestyle:

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.

Service Members Should Expect Pay Hike in January

Pay Hike

Service members should see a 3% raise starting in January 2020 under the federal budget plan unveiled by the White House in February. The top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee said the worldwide pandemic won’t change the potential national security threats facing the military, and lawmakers need to make sure that defense funding isn’t compromised.

Navy Dilemma: Replace Subs or Build More Warships

Warships

A panel of security and budget experts believe the US Navy could be forced to make hard choices when it comes to finding the money to replace its aging ballistic missile submarines or reach its goal of having a fleet of 355 warships.

Navy Carrier Aviation Back in Arctic Circle

Arctic Circle

The Harry S. Truman entered the Norwegian Sea last week, putting US Navy carrier aviation back to the Arctic Circle for the first time in almost 30 years.

Revenues Up 2nd Year for Top 100 Defense Contractors

100 Defense

For the second straight year revenues for the Top 100 defense companies in the world have increased, suggesting the defense industry has weathered sequestration-related budget cuts and emerged stronger. Total 2017 defense revenues for the Top 100 companies came in at $375.4 billion, a 2.9 percent increase over the companies represented in the previous year’s Top 100 list.

Search Ends For Sailors After C-2 Crash

Search Ends For Sailors After Greyhound Crash

The US Navy called off the search for three sailors missing in the western Pacific last week. The three remained missing after a C-2 Greyhound carrier onboard delivery aircraft carrying 11 crew and passengers crashed Wednesday while on the way to the carrier USS Ronald Reagan.

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.

X-47B Precursor to Larger UCLASS Fleet

The Northrop Grumman X-47B’s future is unclear and a debate about just how much strike capability UCLASS aircraft should provide is still underway.

Morning Coffee: DoD Contracts Continue Dive

DoD contracts fell 48 percent in February extending a drop that has awards near the lowest level in almost two years,

Crew Talks Disaster Relief

The Ronald Reagan Strike Group recalls providing disaster relief to the Japanese.