March 26, 2019

VA Leaves Millions Unspent for Suicide Outreach

Navy Suicides

Veterans Administration has spent only $57,000 out of $6.2 million set aside for suicide prevention and suicide outreach in the media in fiscal 2018, less than 1 percent, while a respected, retired Marine colonel becomes the fifth suicide since 2013 at the same Florida VA complex.

Retired Marine Col. Jim Turner became the fifth veteran at Bay Pines Department of Veterans Affairs in Florida to take his life, reports Military.com. He put on his dress uniform and medals and drove to the complex. He got out of his truck, sat down on top of his military records and took his own life with a rifle. He left a suicide note blasting the VA for failing to help him. He was remembered as a professional and a leader.

VA to Review Benefit Denials to Sexual Assault Victims

VA

An IG report found VA officials improperly denied benefits to thousands of military sexual assault victims. The department will review all denied military sexual trauma claims from October 2016 forward.

Navy Seeks Software Captains – Now!

captain

You won’t be commanding a ship, the Navy wants to recruit the “scientific or technical” skills needed to wage cyber war and needs to bring in those software engineers at a captain’s grade. A six-figure salary, commensurate with civilian workers, is necessary to bring the skill needed into the military.

New Presidential Helicopter Fleet on Schedule

Presidential Helicopter Fleet

Sikorsky is four years into its $1.2 billion contract to replace the president’s helicopter fleet with its VH-92A in 2019.

Trump Says F-35 JSF Deal Cut by $600M

F-35 Lessons

President Donald Trump told reporters on Monday that Lockheed Martin has cut $600 million from the latest deal for 90 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets.

DoD Sets Sights on Low-Ball Bids

low-ball bids

The Pentagon is looking for ways to end low-ball bids for development project from contractors banking on collecting other DoD funds later.

Trump Promises to End Sequestration

Trump Expected to Call for End to Ongoing US Wars Overseas

Now President-elect Trump has to figure out how to make that happen.

US Cyber Czar: World Not Ready for Cyber Treaty

Cyber Threats

US State Dept. cyber envoy says too much unknown for an international treaty on cybersecurity.

Minefields at Sea Remain a Threat

Inexpensive minefields at sea can wreak destruction well beyond their cost.

Congressmen Address Baltimore VA Issues

Congressmen Hoyer and three other MD congressmen meet with VA Secretary over findings in a 2014 Inspector General’s Report on the VA’s Baltimore Regional Office.