Rapid Fire August 12, 2013: US COCOM Consolidation Coming?
- The Pentagon is considering going through a round of consolidation and reorganization among its combatant commands (COCOMs).
“[Th]e identity of the people executing the August 6 attack remains unclear at this juncture. These could be: regular soldiers of the Pakistani Army; a combined border action team (BAT) comprising of a mix of terrorists and regular soldiers; and, a group comprising only the terrorists. However, an ambush by approximately 20 heavily armed men in Army uniform, 400 metres inside Indian territory could not have possibly taken place without the knowledge of the Pakistan Army, deployed in close vicinity. Therefore, even if the attack was executed by the terrorists without participation by the Pakistani troops, the complicity of the Army and ISI is a foregone conclusion.”
- Meanwhile Pakistan states that “serious efforts need to be made in maintaining a positive atmosphere and avoid negative propaganda.” Which sounds right out of the tone-deaf playbook of their Chinese sponsors. India wants Pakistan’s government to accept responsibility for the August 6 attack, not just express regret.
- From the CSIS think tank: Yemen and U.S. Security [PDF].
- According to the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), about 150 colleges already offer some form of UAV-related education in the US.
- Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman get ready for this week’s AUVSI trade show by means of video below. They’ve got LOTS of programs: