The Congress-mandated National Defense Panel issued a report [PDF] criticizing the Pentagon’s 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review for being a strategy driven by budget constraints, a conclusion that could be reached after 5 minutes of scanning through the QDR. Unsurprisingly they complain about sequestration but also point out areas where serious savings should be pursued, starting with ballooning healthcare costs.
Roll Call: defense industry funds flow to contenders for key House chairmanships. In other words, hedging bets.
France officially wrapped up its Serval operation in Mali (recap video, in French) after 19 months. They’re now starting operation Barkhane [in French], with 3,000 men, 20 helicopters, 200 logistics trucks, and other assets across 5 countries in the Sahel.
Better Link-16 for F-16s
The USAF’s F-16 System Integration Office will host an industry day on August 26 at Hill AFB, UT to improve participation in the Situation Awareness Data Link (SADL).
Remembering the Great War
The Guardian offers haunting interactive montages that let you click on WWI pictures to see the same places pictured today: Part I, Part II.
Today’s video shows the US Marines testing unmanned ground vehicles including the LS3 “cow” that could help take load off the back of soldiers. That is a very good goal to pursue, but that cow is really noisy: