|The U.S. Department of Defense has stopped accepting most deliveries of F-35 jets from Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) because of a dispute over who will cover costs for fixing a production error. Deliveries were paused over a dispute as to who will pay for what will likely be a complex and expensive logistical fix that could require technicians to travel widely to mend aircraft based around the world. |
The delivery pause is just the latest of many production issues that have arisen in the Pentagon’s most expensive weapons program. Lockheed says it will deliver 91 aircraft for 2018.
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
|President Donald Trump and border-state governors are working to “immediately” deploy the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border to fight illegal immigration. Trump has been frustrated by slow action on building his “big, beautiful wall” along the Mexican border – the signature promise of his campaign – as well as a recent uptick in illegal border crossings. Federal law prohibits the use of active-duty service members for law enforcement inside the U.S., unless specifically authorized by Congress.|
|300 to 1,200 troops will be deployed and that cost is expected to be at least $60-million to $120-million a year.|
Sunday, March 25, 2018
|The US is threatening to sanction Russia if it sells its S-400 anti-air systems abroad. Russia's state-of-the-art defensive technology strongly undercuts the Pentagon’s strategic air and missile dominance. Qatar had previously been in talks with Russia about purchasing the missiles but looks likely to backtrack under American pressure. There’s recently been speculation that Pakistan might be interested in the S-400 as well.|
China was the first global customer of the S-400, said to be the world's most potent air defence system. It was delivered to China last year. Russia is also expected to begin implementing the contract on delivery of S-400 systems to Turkey in early 2020.
|India and Russia are in the final stages of negotiations to purchase 4 S-400s. The S-400 systems are capable of intercepting and destroying airborne threats at a distance of up to 250 miles and can simultaneously engage six targets. Each S-400 comprises tracking and search radar systems, eight launchers, 112 guided missiles, and command and support vehicles.|
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
|Scores of Russians fighting for Bashar al-Assad died in a failed attack on a base and refinery held by the U.S. and its allies. U.S. officials put the death toll at about 100, with 200 to 300 injured. The Russian assault may have been a rogue operation. Russia’s military said it had nothing to do with the attack and the U.S. military accepted the claim.|
The offensive began about 8 kilometers (5 miles) east of the Euphrates River de-confliction line late on Feb. 7, when adversaries fired rounds and advanced in a “battalion-sized dismounted formation supported by artillery, tanks, multiple-launch rocket systems and mortars” No fatalities were reported on the coalition side.
Monday, February 12, 2018
|Donald Trump’s $686 billion defense request for the coming fiscal year would propel the Navy toward a new goal of 355 ships, restore major funding for a Boeing Co. fighter jet favored by the president and boost missile defense spending. The budget envisions a 355-ship Navy, with 299 vessels by the end of fiscal 2019, which begins Oct. 1, and 326 by 2023. The Navy has 280 ships today, but some are nearing the end of their useful life.|
This week Trump unveiled his scheme for a large military parade. The cost of that is unknown.
|Missile defense spending is expected to be $9.92 billion, up $1b from the last numbers. The Air Force plans $16.8 billion in funding through 2023 for the new B-21 bomber being built by Northrop Grumman Corp., including $2.3 billion next year for continued research.|
Saturday, February 10, 2018
|Iran’s involvement in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad's nearly 7-year-old civil war - including the deployment of Iran-backed forces near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights - has alarmed Israel. Israel and Syria signaled they were not seeking wider conflict.|
Russia, whose forces began intervening on behalf of Assad in 2015, expressed concern and urged both sides to exercise restraint and avoid escalation.
Monday, February 5, 2018
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
|A Russian fighter jet intercepted a U.S. military reconnaissance aircraft in international airspace over the Black Sea. The U.S. Navy has called the interaction between the Russian Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jet and the U.S. EP-3 Aries aircraft “unsafe.” U.S. officials said the Russian jet flew within 1.5 metres of the EP-3, and crossed its flight path forcing the plane to fly through the Su-27’s turbulence.|
A four-second video posted to YouTube by the U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet captured the Su-27 passing the slower-moving EP-3.
Friday, January 26, 2018
|The commander of the U.S. Marine Corps warned about the realities of getting into a war with North Korea.|
Marine Corps General Robert Neller said that the U.S. military was already preparing for a potential conflict with the armed forces of Kim Jong Un. Neller said that such a fight would likely be the most daunting challenge his troops have ever faced.
The U.S. has enhanced its naval assets in the Pacific and is increasing military drills with Japan and South Korea.
|Aside from North Korea’s arsenal of nuclear weapons and ICBMs, the secretive state is also believed to possess a stockpile of chemical weapons. Last month, Neller told U.S. Marines stationed in Norway to be ready for a “big-ass fight,” but did not specify who the enemy would be.|
Thursday, January 18, 2018
|Two military drills last month and one in February are designed to ready troops for the possibility of war with the rogue regime. Defence secretary Jim Mattis has ordered his forces to be “ready for any possible military action on the Korean Peninsula”.|
Military chiefs said the drills were designed to address worries about the US being unprepared for a more conventional land-based battle.
|While the US is considering ways to increase its readiness for ground warfare, a leaked report has revealed a desire on the part of the Trump administration to boost its nuclear arsenal. A draft of the Defence Department’s Nuclear Posture Review has revealed that the Pentagon plans to develop of new “low-yield” nuclear warhead for the Trident missile to be fired from submarines.|
The US also wants to add a new nuclear-tipped sea-launched cruise missile to its stockpile.
Friday, January 12, 2018
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Saturday, January 6, 2018
Friday, January 5, 2018
|Russia reported that the latest Tupolev TU-160 heavy strategic bomber, called "Black Swan" by Russia and "Blackjack" by NATO, would make its first flight in February 2018. The latest inception of the massive nuclear-capable warplane was designated TU-160M2.|
The Tupolev Tu-160 is a supersonic, variable-sweep wing heavy strategic bomber.
Thursday, January 4, 2018
|The drones, named gremlins, are expected to be ready for field demonstrations early next year.
America's Gremlins drone programme dates back to 2015, and was named after the mythical flying imps that British Spitfire pilots in the Second World War blamed for mechanical problems on combat missions.|
Flocks of the pilotless drones could be launched from modified fighter jets, bombers, and transport planes, and will be able to return to 'the mothership' after smashing their targets. Experts believe each gremlin would cost about $700,000
Monday, January 1, 2018
|The United States has cut both military and economic aid to Pakistan sharply in recent years, reflecting mounting frustration with the nuclear-armed country's support for the Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan. That frustration has dogged U.S.-Pakistan relations for more than a decade, but has spiked anew as the militant Islamic group has advanced in parts of Afghanistan that U.S. and allied forces once helped to secure.|
Coupled with warming U.S. military and business relations with India, Islamabad’s strategic importance as an ally to Washington has fallen off the map. American civilian and military aid to Pakistan, once the third-largest recipient of U.S. foreign aid, totaled less than $1 billion in 2016, down from a peak of more than $3.5 billion in 2011.
Friday, December 29, 2017
Thursday, December 28, 2017
|More than 1.3 million serve in the five branches of the US armed forces. |
Add in civilian employees from the US Department of Defense, and you get the world's largest employer: 3.2 million employees.