High Stakes for the US Navy as It Wages War on ISIS

High Stakes for the US Navy as It Wages War on ISIS

Flight deck operations aboard the USS George H.W. Bush. Crew members’ jobs are indicated by the color of their uniforms. (Photo: Nolan Peterson/The Daily Signal)

USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH, Mediterranean Sea—During the early days of World War II, the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Winston Churchill made a memorable comment about British pilots’ defense of their homeland from Nazi Germany.

“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few,” Churchill said in an August 1940 speech.

Seventy-seven years later, U.S. Navy aviators and sailors have their own singular burden to bear as they support Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

The “shooter,” in the yellow uniform, gives the signal to launch. (Photos: Nolan Peterson/The Daily Signal)


Navy Issues New MQ-25A Stingray Draft RFP to Industry Ahead of Final RFP in the Fall 

Boeing image of the company’s MQ-25A Stingray bid. USNI News Photo

The Navy issued its latest draft request for proposals for what will be the service’s first operational carrier-based unmanned aerial vehicle, U.S. Navy officials confirmed to USNI News on Thursday.

The Wednesday draft RFP for the MQ-25A Stingray unmanned aerial refueling tanker will be the last refinement of the program requirements before the final RFP goes out to four industry competitors in the fall, Rear Adm. Mark Darrah, Program Executive Officer Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons, told USNI News on Thursday.

“What we’re looking for is.. our big next step in getting unmanned [aircraft] in the carrier air wing environment. The intent of this system is to extend the striking capability of the carrier air wing through organic tanking capability,” Darrah said.
“We want to make better use of our combat strike fighters and extend the range of the carrier air wing, and that’s what this system is intended to do. That’s its primary mission.”

The draft RFP for a planned engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) contract award in 2018 was issued to directly to the four competitors – Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Boeing and General Atomics. The quartet will compete under new acquisition rules that allow the service to provide less specific guidelines for the Stingray as a rapid prototyping effort.

For example, the MQ-25A effort only has two key performance parameters (KPP) for industry to adhere to in their crafting of the airframe for the MQ-25A.

“In the NDAA 2017 language, the services were given the authority to designate one program as a pilot to reduce the number of key performance parameters that would be in our requirements documents,” Darrah said.
“We have requested from OSD that permission in accordance with that language, and this program was selected, and we have two KPPs.”


Social Security Will Be Paying Out More Than It Receives In Just Five Years, by Mac Slavo


One interesting fact: Social Security taxes have been raised more than twenty times since the program’s inception and it’s still going broke. There’s a lesson there for those who think the solution to governments’ fiscal woes is raising taxes. From Mac Slavo at shtfplan.com:

When social security was first implemented in the 1930’s, America was a very different country. Especially in regards to demographics. The average life expectancy was roughly 18 years younger than it is now, and birth rates were a bit higher than they are now. By the 1950’s, the fertility rate was twice as high as it is in the 21st century.

In other words, for the first few decades, social security seemed very sustainable. Most people would only live long enough to benefit from it for a few years, and there was an abundance of young workers who could pay into the system. Those days are…

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Robert Mueller isn’t investigating Russian collusion. He’s covering Hillary’s ass and digging up dirt against President Trump

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Well folks, it appears the “Russian collusion” fiasco has lost a little of it’s steam lately. Anyone with room temperature IQ can see this is nothing but a good old fashioned dirt-digging expedition. The media, the Democrats, the Republicans, the Hollywood rot-gut, MSM suck-faces on the left who eat everything thrown at them as long as it’s anti-Trump also fell for the “Madam President” line of certified bullshit and scrambled to their safe-spaces in droves upon the realization that the crass, rude, racist, America first billionaire was going to win the presidency. I have to tell you folks, the satisfaction, the utter elation of the morning of Nov. 9, 2016 was a moment of absolute joy so deep the memory will last the rest of my life. Several times a week I sit on my back porch and watch the Youtube videos when CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC,  MSNBC and all…

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