Senate Democrats press Pentagon officials on wall funding in budget

March 14 (UPI) — Democratic senators on Thursday demanded answers from Department of Defense officials about military funding for President Donald Trump‘s emergency declaration at the U.S.-Mexico border during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the fiscal 2020 budget. “I can’t tell you how wrong this is. This is abusive,” said Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., about the president’s emergency ...

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Air Force receives first AC-130J Ghostrider gunship

March 13 (UPI) — The U.S. Air Force announced the delivery of its newest gunship on Wednesday as the AC-130J Ghostrider was unveiled at Hurlburt Field, Fla. The plane is an upgrade of the Block 20 AC-130J, with Block 30 improved software and avionics. The aircraft is the first to be delivered to the Air Force’s 4th Special Operations Squadron, ...

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S&K awarded $18.6M for Air Force data collection system on aircraft

March 11 (UPI) — The U.S. Air Force awarded S&K Engineering & Research an $18.6 million contract for a system that provides maintenance and inventory data for aircraft. The work is for the pods and integration for the Reliability, Availability and Maintainability Logistics Engineering Support System, or RAMPOD. A pod is a device externally mounted on a fixed-wing or rotary-winged ...

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Transcom chief: U.S. sealift fleet needs an upgrade

March 8 (UPI) — There is an urgent need to refurbish the fleet of the seagoing U.S. Transportation Command, its chief told a Congressional committee. Army Gen. Stephen Lyons, Transcom commander, testified on Thursday at a joint hearing of the House Armed Services Committee’s panels on readiness and on sea power and projection forces. The “sealift fleet is able to ...

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