Rapid Fire Sept. 5, 2013: How to Fund Longer-Term Research While Budgets Decrease?
- Will lukewarm support from the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committees for a resolution [PDF] authorizing strikes against Syria translate into 60 votes in the US Senate as a whole? Then there’s the House, where some pro-defense lawmakers may try to tie a renewed effort to repeal sequestration to authorizing the use of force against Assad’s regime. Yesterday’s hearing at the House Foreign Affairs panel can be seen in the video below:
US DoD R&D Efforts
- US Defense Acquisition Under Secretary Frank Kendall hopes to preserve research funding dedicated to pursuing big breakthroughs, with initial contracts of relatively low nominal dollar value that could lead to big improvements in future ground vehicles or rotorcraft.
- The US Air Force and DARPA each have their own programs pursuing hypersonic flights. They are about to launch a new joint effort to further pursue their research in the field.
- SAIC’s 2nd quarter results were pretty bad, with revenue down 12% Y/Y to $2.47B.
Indian Troops; OPVs
- In response to Chinese border provocations, India decided it will man an expensive new mountain strike corps with 45,000 soldiers. Is it the right response?
- After commissioning in January INS Saryu, the lead ship in a new class of Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV), the Indian navy received INS Sunayna, the 2nd ship of the class.
- The 24×7 news cycle tends to pursue the latest hotspot issues breathlessly, probably giving a sense of ongoing tension that is higher than warranted. Not too long ago North Korea’s posturing was making headlines. They have agreed to restore a military hotline with South Korea, in a gesture that may indicate further easing is ahead.