Rapid Fire July 12, 2013: US Bill Introduced to Get DoD Civilians Unfurloughed
“A new U.S.-led information-strike complex would establish a new level of nonnuclear deterrence in Asia that could increase the effectiveness of Asian missile programs. [...] For the United States and its Asian allies, a movement toward new classes of missiles would constitute a measured nonnuclear response to China’s emerging ISR/strike A2/AD combine.”
Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert and General James F. Amos discussed the Future of maritime forces at CSIS yesterday. Video:
- The US Navy published its list of the 12 ships scheduled for inactivation in FY14. 7 of them are Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates. Related: solicitation for the towing and dry-docking of 3-5 FFG-7s.
- The Pentagon announced the next forthcoming unit rotations to Afghanistan.
- Germany’s KSK Commandos are buying 15 EC645 T2 helicopters, for use as light transports and gunships. Eurocopter touts them as UH-72A Lakota derivatives, but that’s a stretch. Where the T2 is used, is as the base for EADS NA’s AAS-72X Armed Aerial Scout entry.
- From the latest Army Sustainment, an article [PDF] on how to make theater closing operations more efficient, with pictures of dozens of welding gas cylinders piled up before further handling.
- DynCorp’s protest of a USAF award to L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace for maintenance services at Columbus AFB was denied.
- Boston Dynamics’ ATLAS humanoid robot, funded by DARPA, is developing a good sense of balance, a strong preference for loud techno music, and apparently infinite patience for lab staff trying to make it/him/her fall. Which is good, given the robot’s 6’2, 330-pound stature (1.89m, 150kg). Video below: