US Air Force Weapons PEO to Present Future Armament Plans in April
- The Air Force’s Program Executive Officer for Weapons will hold an industry day on April 15/16 at Eglin AFB, FL, to present its armament acquisition plans. This PEO has been headed by Brig. Gen. Scott Jansson since April last year. The event is hosted by the Armament Systems Development Division, an office helping research coming from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) make it into programs of record. Their current efforts include the Airborne Weapon Layer (AWL) and the Anti-Jam Precision Guided Munition (AJPGM).
- President Obama reportedly intends to nominate Vice Adm. Michael S. Rogers to lead the National Security Agency and USCYBERCOM. Rogers is currently heading U.S. Fleet Cyber Command.
On Second Thought…
- According to The Mail, the UK’s Ministry of Defence ended up sending an emergency request for parts to the Turkish scrapyard where they had sent HMS Ark Royal in June last year. They need to replace equipment damaged by a fire aboard HMS Illustrious.
- China commissioned the Jieyang, the second Type 056 corvette added to the fleet this month alone, out of a batch of 20 in the process of being built by 4 builders.
- India celebrated its 65th Republic Day yesterday. Here’s a video of the full military parade, and a much shorter abstract.
Europeans in Africa
- Secret Défense reviews [in French] France’s forthcoming reorganization of its troops stationed across Africa to counter diffuse, transnational terrorist groups.
- Germany will support a forthcoming mission from the European Union in the Central African Republic with logistics, but no combat troops. Germany’s military presence outside of Afghanistan and Kosovo is minimal.
- A wide variety of Afghans interviewed by the BBC fear the Taliban will take over if the Afghan government fails to secure a security agreement with the US.
- Today’s video, from Al Jazeera, examines – with great focus on America’s real or imagined failures – the resurgence of al-Qaeda in Iraq, Syria, and beyond. A big question: is AQ still an operational organization, or is it at this point a brand that disparate groups use for symbolic reasons?