August 20, 2019

USS Fitzgerald Is Now Back in the Water

Fitzgerald

USS Fitzgerald leaves dry dock after more than a year of repairs after a June 2017 collision with a merchant ship that killed seven sailors.

F-35C Joins Carrier Flight Operations

F-35C

For the first time, the F-35Cs launched, recovered, and maneuvered around the flight deck alongside F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, EA-18G Growlers, and E-2D Advanced Hawkeyes.

Tax Bill Benefits Contractors, Maybe Not VA

Tax Bill Benefits Contractors

The GOP tax reform bill heading to President Donald Trump appears to benefit federal contractors, but some negotiations may have dashed bipartisan hopes for a VA health plan overhaul.

Army & Air Force Team Up to Support BRAC

BRAC

The vice chiefs of the Army and Air Force threw their support behind another round of base closures as a way to save money that could be used for other military needs.

Carriers, Contractors & Civilians on Report’s Hit List

Despite a successful landing exercise aboard the Ford aircraft , a recent study of the DoD budget versus expanding global threats suggests the production be halted. Other suggestions include a 5 percent cut in the civilian workforce and 8,000 contractors.

US Aircraft Carrier Heads to Yemen

FA-18

Arms are likely headed to Yemen despite a UN embargo, the USS Theodore Roosevelt is headed there too.

Carter SecDef Nomination on Fast Track

Ash Carter received a unanimous vote from a Senate Armed Services Committee eager to see the SecDef nominee at the Pentagon.

Morning Coffee: SecNav Presents Future of UAS

“The future of unmanned systems . . . is focused on incorporating people on manned platforms with unmanned systems to create an integrated force.”

Snowden: NSA Spy Mission “Collapsing”

In a recent letter to “the people of Brazil” NSA leaker Edward Snowden offered to help that nation investigate alleged American spying but would require Brazil to provide political asylum because the US “government will continue to interfere with my ability to speak.”

US to End Helium Sales, Still Bullish on Drones

The Federal Helium Reserve will stop selling helium to private users in October. A slowdown in military investment in UAS has not slowed the industry.