• House Easily Clears Authorization Bill

    House Easily Clears Authorization Bill0

    After less than two days of debate over almost 300 amendments, the House on Thursday passed a $717 billion defense authorization bill for fiscal 2019 by a 351-66 vote. The measure, H.R. 5515, would boost the armed forces’ active-duty end strength by 15,600 and require the Pentagon’s chief management officer to ensure the department reduces

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  • In Other News: FAA Restricts UAS Flights over Four Bases

    In Other News: FAA Restricts UAS Flights over Four Bases0

    The FAA is restricting the airspace up to 400 feet over four installations in response to an apparent uptick in drone sightings by pilots, reports Military.com. The restrictions go into effect June 1 for Naval Support Activity Monterey, Calif.; Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas; and Naval Support Activity Orlando, Fla. Existing restrictions were extended around

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  • Southern California Naval Base Warns Residents after Recent UAV Incidents

    Southern California Naval Base Warns Residents after Recent UAV Incidents0

    Naval Base Ventura County in Southern California issued a statement this week reminding its neighbors that unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are prohibited from flying on or above the base, after drones were spotted around Point Mugu at several times in recent weeks. The statement was issued, said base spokeswoman Theresa Miller, after a couple of incidents in which UAVs “were seen close enough [to the base] so that it caused some concern.” Military aircraft routinely use the airfield at Point Mugu, reported the Ventura County Star. The statement also applies to San Nicolas Island, which includes an aircraft landing strip. “Our message is that UAVs are not allowed in this area,” Miller said. Officials will notify law enforcement authorities and the Federal Aviation Administration if they see drones flying near the base, she said. The statement by the base comes in the wake of FAA rules requiring UAVs be flown at least five miles away from airports. They also must be flown below 400 feet.

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