Christine Fox will succeed Ashton Carter as the USA’s Deputy Defense Secretary. The acting DDS is a budget specialist who was part of a recent management review, and has served as president of the federally funded R&D Center for Naval Analyses.
After nearly 3 years of studies, etc., the F-35A’s initial bases will be Burlington ANGS, VT, and Hill AFB, UT. Construction work will begin, and Hill AFB should begin receiving planes in 2015.
It isn’t always the flashy things, though. Maps are a quietly vital item throughout the military, and some of DARPA’s most productive work in the last few years may have been their Transformative Apps efforts to give soldiers excellent Android map apps for the battlefield.
The USA’s National Guard wants a bigger role in cyber-defense. Makes sense. These people have civilian day jobs, so each state’s guard can recruit local civilians who already work in that field.
Meanwhile, former Naval War College department chair Joan Johnson-Freese pens an article in Foreign Policy magazine, about the need for more diversity in Professional Military Education. It does not contain a single sentence addressing diversity of military lines of thought, which is the aspect of diversity that helps determine how many of your people will die.
NSA: Never Stop Arguing
The brainiacs behind Obamacare weren’t the only people for whom Thanksgiving is primarily an opportunity to deliver political talking points to your loved ones. Seems the NSA also got into that game. Wonder how many employees got response variations of “I’d tell you what I think, but you can just read the emails”?
Meanwhile, House Armed Services Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee chair, Randy Forces [R-VA-04] isn’t happy with the Us State Department and FAA urging US airlines to comply with China’s new “security zone” extension, right after Japan and South Korea gave their airlines the opposite recommendation.
Ad Astra, Per Lucror
After a cautionary delay, SpaceX has succeeded with its SES-8 launch, and the Orbital Sciences satellite is headed to its targeted position 36,000 miles above the equator. A Geostationary Orbit launch is a commercial big deal for SpaceX, and it’s likely to help them compete for Israel’s coming program to launch about 15 small geostationary satellites.
Today’s video involves Australia’s Minister for Defence Sen. David Johnston, speaking to the Australia Strategic Policy Institute. Biggest takeaway: Preparation is underway for a new replacement Defence White Paper, to be done within 18 months.