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19.5 percent pay hike for junior soldiers approved by House panel


A 19.5 percent raise for junior service members next year is one step closer to becoming a reality after the House Armed Services Committee announced a mandatory defense policy bill. The committee voted 57-1 to approve this year’s version of the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, which includes a number of measures aimed at improving the quality of life in the military. Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., was the lone no vote.

The lawsuit alleges that the contractors lied about the safety of the V-22

Protection one

Family members of a Marine killed in a V-22 Osprey crash two years ago are suing Boeing, Bell Tectron and Rolls Royce – accusing the companies of making the plane unsafe and failing to disclose it to the Pentagon. The companies made “recklessly false statements” about the Osprey, causing five service members to fly in an “unsafe and unserviceable aircraft,” according to the complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

The Boeing KC-46A refueler had a two-month supply hiatus, which will resume soon

Violates the defense

The U.S. Air Force has not received any new KC-46A Pegasus aerial refueling tankers from Boeing since March because of a problem with a broken part on the plane’s boom, although the service plans to receive two new planes by the end of the month. The spokesperson of the Air Force announced this in a statement.

‘It’s Overdue’ — Air Force Builds Tactical Cyber ​​Capabilities to Ensure Air Supremacy


In future operational environments, an adversary’s sophisticated cyber technologies may hamper the Air Force’s ability to achieve its number one role for the joint force: air superiority. Although the Department of Defense has teams that conduct cyber operations, these joint forces are limited and focused on attacking enemy systems and protecting the network. As such, the Air Force believes it needs its own cyber capabilities to ensure it gains and maintains air superiority.

The US is seeking bids from satellite manufacturers for the military’s space testing program


The US space force is seeking proposals from commercial satellite manufacturers for a 10-year purchase of small satellites to carry experimental payloads into space. The Space Test Program Office issued its final solicitation on May 23 for the Space Test Experiment Platform (STEP) 2.0 contract – an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) deal aimed at tapping the commercial small satellite market.

One more thing

Researchers have found what they believe is the downed plane of World War II ace Richard Bong in the South Pacific

Associated Press

Searchers announced on May 23 that they have found what they believe to be the wreckage of World War II ace Richard Bong’s plane in the South Pacific. The Richard I. Bong Veterans History Center in Superior, Wisc. And the nonprofit World War II historic preservation group Pacific Wrecks announced in March that it had begun a joint search for Bong’s Lockheed P-38 Lightning fighter jet. Bong named the plane “Marge” after his girlfriend, Marge Wattendahl.

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