US Army’s Hit List; More Boeing Debris; Grumman’s Pollution; and More…

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Last week began with the U.S. Army refusing to release the com­plete list of 41 projects it wants to cancel and 39 projects it wants to delay. The cuts, accord­ing to top offi­cials and budget doc­u­ments, would save the ser­vice $2.4 bil­lion in fiscal 2021.

But only Congress would get the list, Maj. Gen. Paul Chamberlain, Army budget direc­tor, declared on Tuesday. 

While $2.5 bil­lion is just a drop in the Pentagon’s $741 bil­lion pro­pos­al, it’s still a lot of money to the people and com­pa­nies who work on those projects.

So at a Thursday brief­ing, reporters pressed Army offi­cials, who coughed up a “top 10” list of pro­grams to be cut or elim­i­nat­ed. Not good enough.

At a Friday lun­cheon, National Press Club President Michael Freedman asked Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy why the Army would not account for the remain­ing 60 projects that would be cut or delayed.

“We’ll get ‘em today,” McCarthy replied.

A few hours later, he made good. Here is the full list of projects the Army wants to cancel and here is the full list of projects it wants to delay. 


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The funds will be drawn mainly from pro­cure­ment for major pro­grams like the F‑35 fight­er jet. $1.3 bil­lion will come from the National Guard alone.

The up-to-$10 bil­lion cloud con­tract is enjoined until “fur­ther notice from the court” while Amazon pur­sues a law­suit.

Denying claims that Trump med­dled, Defense Secretary Mark Esper says he alone chose to review the $10 bil­lion cloud con­tract.

As budget hear­ing season gets under­way, expect to hear a lot about “irre­versible imple­men­ta­tion” of changes toward great power com­pe­ti­tion.

Report: Grumman, Navy Knew Chemicals Were Contaminating Drinking Water

That’s what Newsday found after exam­in­ing thou­sands of pages of con­fi­den­tial doc­u­ments relat­ed to Grumman’s decades of dump­ing metal degreas­er trichloroeth­yl­ene and other chem­i­cals at its famed fac­to­ry in Bethpage, New York, that built the Apollo lunar module and mil­i­tary war­planes: “Grumman, the Bethpage aero­space giant, knew as far back as the mid-1970s that its toxic chem­i­cals were con­t­a­m­i­nat­ing area ground­wa­ter, but it kept secret cru­cial infor­ma­tion that could have helped stop what is now Long Island’s most intractable envi­ron­men­tal crisis, a Newsday inves­ti­ga­tion found. On numer­ous occa­sions, par­tic­u­lar­ly during a crit­i­cal 15-year period, the com­pa­ny made public state­ments that direct­ly con­tra­dict­ed the alarm­ing evi­dence it held, as it avoid­ed cul­pa­bil­i­ty and mil­lions in costs.”

The town, New York state, U.S. Navy, and Northrop Grumman have spent years fight­ing over the scale and cost of clean­ing up what’s known as “the plume” of chem­i­cals under Long Island. The state says it will take 110 years to get rid of the con­t­a­m­i­nants, start­ing with a 30-year, $585 mil­lion effort.

Debris Found in Fuel Tanks of New 737 Max Aircraft

Sound famil­iar? Similar quality control issues that have plagued the Boeing-made KC-46 tanker and 787 Dreamliner have now popped up on ground­ed 737 Max air­lin­ers that are being stored until reg­u­la­tors approve the planemaker’s fixes to the com­put­er sys­tems believed to have caused two deadly crash­es. It’s been nearly one year since Will Roper charged that Boeing had assembly line culture problems that were lead­ing to trash, parts and tools — known as for­eign object debris — being left inside the planes it built.

Sikorsky, Boeing Show Off New Helicopter

Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy and Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D‑Ill, were in Florida this morn­ing to see the Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 Defiant that’s com­pet­ing against Bell’s V‑280 Valor to replace the Black Hawk. Here’s some video from Defense News’ Jen Judson. Last month, McCarthy saw the V-280 fly autonomous­ly.

Bombardier Will Not Sell Bizjet Division to Textron

The Canadian com­pa­ny had been in talks with the Cessna-maker, but they have ended, after Bombardier final­ized a deal to sell its train­mak­ing busi­ness to Alstom and com­mer­cial jet busi­ness to Airbus, the Wall Street Journal reports.

First Flight for Gulfstream Jet

The new Gulfstream G700, a plane unveiled in October, flew for the first time on Feb. 14. The plane is expect­ed to have a 7,500 range, among the longest for a busi­ness jet. As we point­ed out when the plane was announced, mil­i­taries around the world use mod­i­fied Gulfstream jets for intel­li­gence, and reg­u­lar ones for VIP trans­port.

Blue Origin Opens Engine Factory

Naturally, it’s in Huntsville, Alabama, better known as The Rocket City. That fac­to­ry will build the company’s BE-4 and BE-3U engines. Both engines will be used on Blue Origin’s New Glenn rocket. The BE-4 will also be used on United Launch Alliance’s Vulcan rocket.

Colorado Springs Spending $350K Lobbying For Space Command

Peterson Air Force Base was home to Air Force Space Command and it’s the cur­rent home of U.S. Space Command, some­thing local offi­cials don’t want to change, The Gazette reports. The Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC plans to “spend $350,000 on a public rela­tions cam­paign man­aged by a Washington, D.C., PR firm, a New York eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment con­sul­tant and a Washington, D.C., polit­i­cal advi­so­ry firm. The goal: to con­vince Trump and his advis­ers that Colorado is the ideal loca­tion for the per­ma­nent home of the newly relaunched com­mand.”

NHL, USAFA Botch Hockey Game

They’re call­ing it the Fyre Festival of sports, a play on the luxury Bahamas con­cert that turned out to be a sham. Clearly, not some­thing you want to be com­pared to. On Saturday, the NHL held its latest outdoor game at Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs. It was the second time the NHL held a game at a ser­vice acad­e­my (the Washington Capitals played the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Naval Academy in 2018). This year, the Colorado Avalanche, who reg­u­lar­ly play in Denver, faced off against Los Angeles Kings. There was an F‑16 Thunderbird parked behind one of the goals and a runway theme around the rink. Here’s a picture. Only prob­lem, the NHL and AFA were com­plete­ly unpre­pared to handle the 43,000-plus fans, many of whom did not make it to their seats until well into the second period because traffic was so bad in and out of the campus, which is a mil­i­tary instal­la­tion. The con­ces­sion lines were ridicu­lous. One fan died after falling from a bridge. I highly sug­gest read­ing this Woody Paige piece if you want a better account of this night­mare. Oh, and the Air Force blamed the fans for not arriv­ing early enough. Hey Air Force, the No. 1 rule in sports is Don’t Blame the Fans.

Making Moves

  • Former deputy direc­tor of nation­al intel­li­gence Sue Gordon will join Duke University as a Rubenstein Fellow in August 2020. She will teach polit­i­cal sci­ence and public policy cours­es.
  • Chief Master Sgt. Roger Towberman has been selected to become the first senior enlist­ed advi­sor to Gen. Jay Raymond, the U.S. Space Force chief of space oper­a­tions.
  • Former Raytheon exec­u­tive Todd Probert has been named pres­i­dent of CAE’s Defence & Security busi­ness.
  • Lockheed Martin has appoint­ed Greg Karol senior vice pres­i­dent of Human Resources effec­tive March 2.
  • Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette, Larry Kudlow, direc­tor of the National Economic Council, and Joseph Grogan, Director of the Domestic Policy Council, have been named mem­bers of the National Space Council.

Source: Defense One

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