Rapid Fire June 4, 2012: LMP Falls Short

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* US SecDef Leon Panetta was in Cam Ranh Bay in southern Vietnam yesterday, an attractive deepwater spot where an American airbase used to be located, followed by a large Soviet naval base. Relationships between the US and Vietnam have been thawing for years (May 2012 CRS PDF report). China is watching the Obama administration self-described “pivot” to Asia. Panetta said that the US would locate 60% of its forces in the Asia/Pacific region in the future. * India will soon have its first military satellite, according to the Times of India. The purpose: naval communications and surveillance. * The VTUAV crash that led to the death of a Schiebel engineer in South Korea last month may have been triggered by GPS jamming by North Korea. * The Pentagon’s Inspector General on the US Army’s Logistics Modernization Program (LMP): “Despite spending about $1.8 billion, Army managers did not accomplish the reengineering needed to integrate the Procure-to-Pay functions to comply with DoD Business Enterprise Architecture requirements and correct material weaknesses.” Between the IG’s report and this question recently posted on a DoD acquisition website, it sounds like the Army is not in the driver seat with software requirements, possibly letting the […]

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