US Navy Issues RMMV Request for Proposal for LCS Modules
- ISIL insurgents have shown a video [WaPo] featuring an American M198 howitzer and allegedly shot in Syria. They combine military know-how [NYT] with strong funding from illicit sources [WSJ].
- It seems President Obama may get [The Hill] congressional support for strikes against ISIL in Syria were he to seek it, though some lawmakers doubt [Defense News] that the group poses a direct threat to the US. Still, this visualization by Periscopic shows how ISIL has reached lethal activity at a scale comparable to that of the Taliban.
- Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu’s cabinet is in revolt [The Telegraph] over Gaza ceasefire.
Ukraine’s Twitter War
- Ukraine is denouncing Russian’s “stealth” invasion [NYT] and its Ministry of Foreign Affairs even has its own hashtag. The Canadians fly to the rescue with a predictably polite and helpful map.
- But China’s Central Military Commission has no qualms announcing on the same day that they “vow to enhance military ties” with Russia.
- China and Vietnam call a maritime truce [USNI News]. Vietnam’s tough stance seems to have paid off.
Agile and Groomed
- In today’s video [transcript] Andy Berner from QSM, a consultancy, talks about the necessity of grooming the backlog of feature requirements in agile software projects (and that includes many defense projects these days):