Crimea on Course to Join Russia?
- Crimea is to set up its “own” law enforcement and security services, according to Russia’s state-funded RIA Novosti, which also claims [in Russian], without noting any apparent contradiction, that the Crimean Supreme Council submitted a request to join Russia.
- One important observation that governments around the world will draw from how the Ukraine crisis is resolved is whether it is wise to give up nuclear weapons in exchange for security guarantees, as implies the joint US/UK/Ukraine statement about the Budapest Memorandum.
As Russia spins a false narrative to justify its illegal actions in Ukraine, the world has not seen such startling Russian fiction since Dostoyevsky wrote, “The formula ‘two plus two equals five’ is not without its attractions.
- US-funded Radio Free Europe: Russia wags the dog with Ukraine disinformation campaign.
- A Ukrainian frigate passed through the Turkish straights on the way to the Black Sea yesterday.
- Russia will carry out 2 more intercontinental ballistic missile tests out of Kazakhstan after Tuesday’s successful one. They also intend to derive a supersonic MiG-41 from the MiG-31 design, according to ITAR-TASS [in Russian].
- The US Senate’s Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight has a hearing today on how the federal government manages and uses information about contractor performance and integrity, including with the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS). The Project On Government Oversight (POGO), one of the instigators of that database, find it seriously lacking.
- James Hasik at the Atlantic Council notes that today’s heavily regulated acquisition environment makes it hard for DoD acquisition executives to punish contractors for repeat under-performance, which could generate a stronger incentive to deliver than competition for any specific contract.
- Rolls-Royce disclosed in its annual report [PDF, p.133] that they are not only investigated by the UK’s Serious Fraud Office as previously announced by the SFO, but also by the US Department of Justice.
Future of the US Combat Air Force
- The CSBA think tank reviewed the US military’s aging aircraft and plummeting procurement and came to the conclusion [PDF] the Pentagon needs to reassess its course if it is to maintain its unique airpower capabilities. Range, survavibility and connectivity should be key in future aircraft requirements.
- Today’s video from the Economist looks at 3D-printing of human tissue, the future of computer-chip manufacturing beyond silicon, and the rise of remote-controlled ships, all worth following from a defense perspective: