July 2019

Why DoD should ‘hedge’ its approach to meet F-35 sustainment needs

[ad_1] Where’s a spare part when you need it? For the Department of Defense, that’s the multibillion-dollar question looming over the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), 30 percent of F-35 aircraft were grounded awaiting replacement parts between May and November 2018 — three times the accepted program target rate. “Specifically,” GAO’s April 2019 report states, “the F-35 supply chain does not have enough… Read More »Why DoD should ‘hedge’ its approach to meet F-35 sustainment needs

Senate committee advances senior general’s nomination despite sexual assault accusations

[ad_1] Senate Armed Services Committee members on Wednesday advanced the nomination of an Air Force general accused of sexually harassing and assaulting an aide, but a full floor vote on his confirmation likely won’t take place for several more weeks. Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., said his panel members comfortably backed Gen. John Hyten, 20-7, to become the next vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs, the second-highest uniformed military post.… Read More »Senate committee advances senior general’s nomination despite sexual assault accusations

Japan’s new amphibious brigade launches beach landings during Talisman Sabre drills

[ad_1] MELBOURNE, Australia — Japan’s newly formed amphibious brigade conducted two beach landings and other associated operations with U.S. and Australian forces during a recent large-scale exercise in Australia. Speaking exclusively with Defense News on board the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s helicopter destroyer JS Ise following the conclusion of the biennial exercise Talisman Sabre, the respective commanders of the maritime force and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force contingents at the… Read More »Japan’s new amphibious brigade launches beach landings during Talisman Sabre drills

Germany punts on Hormuz Strait mission with US involvement

[ad_1] COLOGNE, Germany – Germany is unlikely to go along with a U.S. and British-led naval protection mission in the Strait of Hormuz, though politicians are leaving the door open for a European plan. Those are the contours of a narrative that has formed here over the past several days, as Berlin weighs its options between diplomacy and concrete actions to punish Iran for its recent seizure of a British… Read More »Germany punts on Hormuz Strait mission with US involvement

Pentagon No. 2 confirmed by Senate

[ad_1] WASHINGTON — The Senate has confirmed David Norquist to be the deputy secretary of defense, locking in the Pentagon’s top two leaders for the first time in 2019. Norquist was confirmed by voice vote Tuesday evening, just aw eek after his nomination papers arrived in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee and six days after his nomination hearing — a sign of how uncontroversial his nomination has become.… Read More »Pentagon No. 2 confirmed by Senate

Inhofe urges Republicans to unify and back budget deal for military’s sake

[ad_1] WASHINGTON ― With Senate Republicans split on whether to pass a bipartisan $2.7 trillion budget deal, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe worked to rally Republicans Tuesday to the defense spending increase the deal represents. Inhofe, R-Okla., delivered a floor speech amid reports Senate Republican leaders are working to whip support to avoid a repeat of last week’s House vote, where two-thirds of Republicans opposed the deal. The… Read More »Inhofe urges Republicans to unify and back budget deal for military’s sake

UK defense exports set new record in 2018

[ad_1] LONDON — Sales of Typhoon jets to Qatar and F-35 related components to the U.S. were largely behind a record breaking year which saw British defense exports in 2018 reach £14 billion, according to new figures released July 30 by the Department for International Trade (DIT). Export sales rose by £5 billion compared with 2017, boosting the British into second place in terms of global defense exports and pushing… Read More »UK defense exports set new record in 2018

A new satellite antenna could save the Air Force time and money

[ad_1] A new antenna could revolutionize Air Force satellite operations and significantly reduce maintenance costs over time ― if it works. On behalf of the Air Force, the Defense Innovation Unit has awarded contracts to companies to develop prototype multi-band, multi-mission phased array antennas, capable of connecting with multiple satellites simultaneously by reaching out to them on different frequencies. “One electronically steered antenna can replace multiple dishes, enabling better performance,… Read More »A new satellite antenna could save the Air Force time and money

How Leon Panetta’s ‘Cyber Pearl Harbor’ warning shaped Cyber Command

[ad_1] In 2012, then-Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta predicted that the United States faced the threat of a “Cyber Pearl Harbor,” a devastating digital attack on critical national infrastructure. That single pronouncement would help to shape the nation’s cyber strategy in the short term, and the ramifications of that warning continue to be reflected in Cyber Command’s evolving mission today. Setting the scene When Panetta warned of a cyber Pearl… Read More »How Leon Panetta’s ‘Cyber Pearl Harbor’ warning shaped Cyber Command

Korean Fat Leonard? Feds probe new US Navy corruption case in Asia

[ad_1] WASHINGTON – The Justice Department has filed corruption charges against the head of a Busan, Korea,-based husbanding services provider in a case with unmistakable echoes of the Fat Leonard scandal that has rocked the Navy since the investigation was revealed in 2013. Sung-Yol “David” Kim, head of DK Marine Service, has been charged with one count of conspiracy and one count of bribery, according to documents filed with the… Read More »Korean Fat Leonard? Feds probe new US Navy corruption case in Asia