Rapid Fire 2011-10-13: Defense Offsets | F-35 Congressional Support

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* Don’t mind me, I’m just the user. Driven mostly by political pressure, defense offsets have grown to 130 countries for an estimated $100B/year. * Russia is likely to continue renewing its aging materiel, at least if oil prices remain high and Putin gets, as widely expected, the presidency back. They’ll have finished scrapping their T-64 tanks by the end of the year. * The Military Logistics Forum reviewed the effectiveness of current ground vehicle RESET/RECAP programs. * Right steps, wrong order. Tech. Sgt. Joshua Lopez realized the Technical Order Data (TOD) he was following to test the rail launcher that mounts an AIM-9 Sidewinder on an F-22 could lead to damage of the launcher’s $14K detent assembly. Rather than just go through an informal workaround he submitted a request to reorder the TOD and got rewarded for it. * What gets measured gets improved. RAND surveyed troops using the Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) Warfighters’ Forum (SWfF StrykerNet), a private website made to help them get ready for deployment. The non-profit found the site’s users satisfied with the service, but recommends among other things to implement some form of tracking/analytics to better assess usage of future similar warfighting communities. […]

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