Boeing hit with another KC-46 cost overrun, this time worth $329M
Boeing says it plans to deliver the first 18 tankers in 2018.
Air Force Adds More Than $40 Million to SpaceX Engine Contract
The U.S. Air Force has provided SpaceX with an additional $40.7 million to support continued development of the company’s Raptor engine.
THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS WILL SCREAM HELPLESSLY AT THE SKY ON TRUMP’S ELECTION ANNIVERSARY
Northrop pulls out of MQ-25 drone competition
Northrop’s decision leaves Boeing, General Atomics and Lockheed Martin in competition for the MQ-25 tanker contract.
Arizona’s Jeff Flake announces he will not seek re-election to U.S. Senate
Anti-Trump Republican throws in the towel.
Superaccurate GPS Coming to Smartphones in 2018
Will utilize new L5 civil signal.
300 Hours Training Required to Shampoo Hair In Tennessee
Thank God the government is protecting us from unlicensed shampooers.
108 F-35s Will Not Be Combat Capable
Concurrency at its finest.
Influential congressman calls on Navy to extend lives of oldest cruisers
“Instead of discussing the decommissioning of cruisers, we need to spend more time discussing the maintenance, modernization and service-life extension of all twenty-two cruisers,” said Virginia Republican Rep. Rob Wittman, the head of the HASC Seapower and Projection Forces subcommittee, in a statement to Defense News.
4 alternatives to the Pentagon’s new ICBM modernization plan
Of these options, Murdoc favors extending the life of the current Minuteman III missiles.
Erik Prince should run for senator — in Michigan
Prez ‘surprised’ and ‘shocked’ that UF must allow free speech
Why is Murdoc NOT surprised when college leadership seem surprised that Free Speech is a thing?
Why Are Millennials Wary of Freedom?
It might be because so many of their teachers have taught them to be.
The U.S. Navy Needs to Build More Attack Submarines
The problem for the submarine force is that the need for attack boats is rising precisely as the Los Angeles class is being retired. According to recent Congressional testimony, U.S. Pacific Command operates about half the number of SSNs it requires and this is in peacetime. At the same time, both China and Russia are building large numbers of advanced conventional and nuclear-powered attack and cruise missile submarines.
The Navy once believed that 48 SSNs as part of an overall force level of 308 ships would be enough into the middle of the century. The Navy’s new goal is to maintain a 355-ship fleet, of which 66 would be SSNs. Unfortunately, the Navy’s 30-year shipbuilding plan does not build enough Virginias even to meet the prior, lower goal for the SSN force. At currently proposed building rates, the SSN fleet will decline to a low of 41 boats in 2029, seven short of the Navy’s original force structure plan and 25 below the new, higher target, before rising to 51 boats at mid-century.
66 attack boats seems like a reasonable number. But we need to get there sooner rather than later. The fact that the building plan never gets us there should be troubling. The proposal to keep building two Virginias a year even as Columbia-class SSBNs begin construction is the obvious answer.
And the Block V Virginias will be the most-capable SSNs ever built. The Virginia-class program is one of the few bright spots in the Navy and in military procurement. So, of course, the decision makers want to scale it back.
U.S. Military Sends Troops to Russian Border
The U.S. announced Thursday the arrival of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment in a Polish NATO outpost located about 100 miles from Russia’s militarized enclave of Kaliningrad.
The 2nd Cavalry Regiment is a Stryker Brigade Combat Team based in Vilseck, Germany.