September 28, 2016

F-35A Battle Ready, Air Force Says

A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter from the 58th Fighter Squadron, 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin AFB, Fla., escorts a KC-135R Stratotanker from the 336th Air Refueling Squadron, March ARB, Calif., following an aerial refueling mission, May 16, 2013, off the coast of northwest Florida. The 33rd Fighter Wing is a joint graduate flying and maintenance training wing that trains Air Force, Marine, Navy and international partner operators and maintainers of the F-35 Lightning II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. John R. Nimmo, Sr./RELEASED)

The first US Air Force F-35A squadron is ready for deployment.

DoD Faces Possible Year-long Emergency Spending Measure

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DoD may have to operate under a year-long emergency spending measure that will leave it short on funds.

Contractors and DoD Must Change to Stay Competitive

Pentagon Capitol

Defense contractors and the US military must globalize and adopt more commercial practices.

RADM Winters Describes New UCLASS RFP Details

Potential Boeing UCLASS

RADM Mathias Winter, unmanned aviation executive officer, provided new details this week regarding requirements for its UCLASS development effort.

Both Pilots Stable After Goshawk Crash

Goshawk

The training aircraft crashed upon an approach to Sherman Field at NAS:Pensacola at the end of a local-area, routine flight.

Bipartisan MD House Delegation Meets with VA Sec’y Shinseki

Balt VA Hospital

The average wait for a veteran’s claim decision is 273 days. In Maryland it’s worse, veterans wait on average 332 days or 11 months for a claims decision from the Baltimore Regional Office.

VA Opening New Outpatient Center in Charlotte Hall

vets parade

Congressman Hoyer says all veterans should have access to high-quality health care.

DoD Gets a ‘B’ for Clear Writing; VA Gets an ‘F’

report card

The Center for Plain Language gives the Pentagon a passing grade for writing clearly, but fails the Veterans Administration.

White House Threatens Veto of Military Spending Bill

White House

Obama administration unhappy with House’s MILCON and VA bill.

Bye Bye Blimp

Navy photo of an MZ-3 Warlock blimp being tested in Yuma, Ariz.

A frequent local visitor last year, the Navy’s blimp is now mothballed.