June 1, 2023

Rocket Lab Breaks Ground at Wallops

Wallops Island

Rocket Lab USA intends to build a 250,000-square-foot production complex and launch pad for its new Neutron rocket on a 28-acre site adjacent to the Wallops Flight Facility.

Audit: 41 Navy Subs Lacked Cybersecurity Inspections

Subs

A Naval Audit Service report finds that many submarines of Naval Submarine Force Pacific did not receive the required cybersecurity inspections in recent years. Inspections of 41 submarines and two tenders were not conducted as required from 2016 to 2018, and the Navy Fleet Cyber Command failed to document the reasons why the inspections didn’t take place.

Italian F-35B Lands on Carrier for 1st Time

Italian Sea Trials

An Italian Navy F-35B Lightning II landed on the ITS Cavour aircraft carrier for the first time Friday. The landing follows the compatibility testing in the US earlier this year, when two F-35Bs from NAS Pax River were deployed on the ship to test every aspect of the aircraft operations.

Turkey Lobbies for Return to F-35 JSF Program

F-35

The Turkish government has hired a Washington, DC, law firm to lobby its case to be readmitted to the US F-35 JSF program. Turkey was booted from the program in 2019 after purchasing air missile defense systems from Russia.

DefSec: Here’s How Navy Reaches 355-Ship Fleet

355-ship fleet

DefSec Mark Esper says he is committed to a bigger, but much lighter, naval force. He lays out the steps on how the Navy can reach the 355-ship fleet goal.

Do Your Tweets Have the Right Stuff?

Right Stuff

NASA’s Wallops Island flight facility wants to know if you have the right stuff to be among 50 social media users selected to help document their April 17 rocket launch. You have until Monday, Feb. 18, 2019 to apply.

Analysis: Initial Estimate for Space Force Too High

Space Force

A top defense budget analyst has crunched the numbers and believes the new Space Force military branch may cost a fraction of the original estimate from the Air Force.

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.

Pentagon Eyes Change in Cellphone Policy

Cellphone

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is expected to order a tightening of security policy governing military and civilian personnel bringing cellphones into classified workspaces in the Pentagon.

Hypoxia Episodes Continue to Haunt Fighter Jets

Hypoxia

F-35A pilots report five more Hypoxia-like episodes with tingling fingers and other symptoms. In June the deaths of four Hornet pilots were attributed to “physiological episodes” associated with the oxygen deprivation of Hypoxia.