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Rapid Fire June 22, 2012: Dawdling DAWDF

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* The GAO criticizes the Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund (DAWDF) for the lack of clarity on when these funds are available and how they should be used. * As the Syrian civil war escalates, a Syrian pilot defects to Jordan, leaving area observers in shock. There was a Syrian MiG-21 that’s able to fly?!? On a serious note, Col. Hassan Hamada’s family had already escaped to Turkey. Chalk one up for MIT. * If you haven’t read James Hasik’s analysis of MQ-9 Reaper UAV costs yet, we heartily recommend it. * The US Naval Institute’s Proceedings magazine offers “Preparing for Today’s Undersea Warfare“, by a US Navy Vice-Admiral and a Lieutenant. A good quick primary on the 4 generations of undersea warfare. * The US National Park Service sees a lot of uses for mini-UAVs. Reports of drone use by the US Environmental Protection Agency stirred far more controversy – but they’re actually using small manned aircraft. Which still leaves farmers annoyed. The whole area of civilian UAV use is going to involve a lot more than just airspace rules… * Department of redundant headlines department: “Congress won’t let Panetta close bases: Proponents see politics at play.” Looks like […]

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