Iraqi Conflict Takes An Increasingly Regional Dimension
- American officials say Iran is flying surveillance UAVs over Iraq as well as sending supplies and equipment to the Maliki government.
- FT: Iran-Saudi proxy war heats up as Isis entrenches in Iraq. Recent developments indicated a thaw might be starting between the two countries, but that detente now seems to have been extremely short-lived.
- Al Monitor shows how the implications and effects of the ISIS insurgency go beyond Iraq and Syria: Saudi Arabia threatened by ISIS advance in Iraq, Jordan shaken by threats from ISIS, Iraq, Syria, Iraqi Kurds seize control of key Syria border crossing.
- ISIS insurgents are attacking Balad Airbase north of Baghdad. It would be really bad news for the Iraqi Security Forces if they were to lose the few air support assets they currently have. American contractors who were training ISF personnel there were evacuated earlier this month.
Boeing BDS to Partner with Commercial Division, Other Primes
- Chris Chadwick, who’s now been president and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security for the last 6 months, expects to see more partnerships between prime contractors, and an increased use on commercial platforms as the basis for military aircraft.
People on the Move
- Federal New Radio learns in a roundabout way that Richard Ginman DoD’s Director for procurement and acquisition policy (DPAP) will retire soon.
- The AFCEA trade associations named Linda Gooden (previously at Lockheed Martin) as board chair, and Lt. Gen. Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.), as President and CEO.
- US Senator Coburn [R-OK] is known for his comprehensive investigative reports on government waste and agencies, making enemies on both sides of the aisle. His report on the VA [PDF] is a topper. “Over the past decade, more than 1,000 veterans may have died as a result of VA malfeasance,” but the cover up of waiting lists for doctor appointments at the VA is just the tip of the iceberg. Drug dealing, theft, and even murder may be found in its pages.
Check Out My Truck
- New Zealand’s Army announced a deal with Rheinmetall MAN a year ago for the purchase of up to 200 Medium Heavy Operational Vehicles (MHOV). The video below explains the capability improvements these trucks offer over the vehicles they’re replacing: