Military And Intelligence News Briefs — September 15, 2020

A C-2A Greyhound powers down its engines on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford in September 2020. Ford is on track to be ready to deploy in 2022. (MC3 Zack Guth/U.S. Navy)

Defense News: Here’s when the US Navy thinks the carrier Ford will be ready to deploy

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Navy is working to improve the reliability of the new aircraft launch and recovery systems as the service pushes its newest and most expensive aircraft carrier toward its first deployment, the head of Naval Air Forces Atlantic said Sept. 12.

Rear Adm. John Meier told a virtual audience at the annual Tailhook symposium that while reliability concerns were at the top of the agenda, the carrier Ford is on track to be ready for tasking in 2022.

“The issue we are working closely on is building out of the gate reliability, making sure [the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System] and [Advanced Arresting Gear] has the right sparing, parts and equipment in the event that something breaks,” Meier said. “But its also making sure we have the right procedures and methodologies so those things don’t break.

“We’re still not where we want to be, but we’ve made great strides and we’re getting better every year.”


Military And Intelligence News Briefs — September 15, 2020

EMALS technology on Ford carriers will help the US Navy accomplish its mission — Defense News

Attack Sub Montana Christened at Newport News, As Yard Tries Keeping to Schedule Despite COVID — USNI News

Navy pushing for $580 million for large unmanned ships to diversify fleet, report says — Stars and Stripes

Navy’s New Unmanned Fleet Likely To Hunt Chinese & Russian Subs — Breaking Defense

Coast Guard cutter NSC Stone completes builder’s trials — UPI

The Navy suffered four Class A aviation mishaps last month — Navy Times

When will the US military return to pre-COVID normal? Probably never, this admiral says — Military Times

Space dominance requires taking technology and policy risks — Defense News

The Air and Space Forces Want to Break the Mold. Here’s How They’re Starting. — Air Force Magazine

Air Force, Space Force recruiting campaign seeks space professionals — UPI

US Air Force standing up two new simulation facilities — Defense News

US to Deploy 150 Fifth Generation F-35, F-22 Combat Aircraft in Arctic, Senator Dan Sullivan Says — Sputnik

US Army to award contract for GPS alternative by end of September — C4ISRNet

More than 200 retired military leaders endorse Trump as ‘proven leader’ — The Hill

‘This all could have been prevented’ — Inside the disappearance and death of Vanessa Guillén — Task & Purpose

US commander says evidence hasn’t corroborated intelligence of Russian bounties on US troops — The Hill

Trump: ‘No problem’ selling F-35 jets to UAE — Defense News

UAE hopes normalization deal dispels Israeli doubts over US F-35 sale, despite Netanyahu’s open opposition — RT

Mike Pompeo: US troops could withdraw from Afghanistan by spring — NYPost

US Air Force exit from Germany ‘going to take some time,’ top general says — Defense News

Rapid Trident 20 exercise kicks off in Ukraine with fewer US troops than last year — Army Times

Chinese Nuke Arsenal Next on Beijing’s ‘To-Do’ List, US Commander Warns — VOA

China’s nuclear arms buildup ‘inconsistent’ with no-first-use policy, StratCom chief says — Washington Examiner

Greece looks to France for new arms amid spat with Turkey — Defense News

Robotics company Kraken signs deal to help Danish navy hunt for mines — CBC News

Canada’s Army chief vows to go after far-right infiltration of his troops — Radio Canada

Slavic Brotherhood-2020 drills to be held on September 14-25 in Belarus — TASS

Putin: Russian forces to return to home bases after joint drills with Belarus — TASS

China’s military begins three days of seaborne rocket launches in Yellow Sea — SCMP

China air force plays up J-20 stealth strength as Taiwan tensions brew — SCMP

China’s Aircraft Carriers and Southeast Asia: Testing Coercive Naval Diplomacy? — CIMSEC

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