Afghanistan to US: Would You Consider Staying A Little Longer?
- It’s not an official request yet, but Afghan President Ashraf Ghani would like the US to slow its drawdown in the next 2 years.
- According to the WSJ former United Technologies CEO Louis Chenevert left the company after its board discussed concerns that he was distracted by personal interests such as the construction of a 110-foot yacht.
- The US Justice Department cleared the merger between ATK and Orbital Sciences.
- McClatchy: “uspected Israeli aircraft bombed a military complex on the outskirts of Damascus’ international airport Sunday in what Syrian state television said was an attack on warehouses housing [a] Russian-made [S-300] anti-aircraft system.”
- We wish to salute our long-time editor Joe Katzman – whose last week with us ended at the end of November – and thank him for maintaining the highest standards of objectivity in the defense trade press. Joe, whom we’re taking to calling our editor emeritus, made some comments that we thought would be worth sharing:
“It has been a privilege to help steer and evolve Defense Industry Daily over the last 10 years. I want to thank the readers for entrusting their valuable attention to that work. My participation is ending now, but Watershed Publishing will continue, and the mission that drove DID remains as relevant as ever.
Readers work in a field that really is rocket science. They deserve a low noise-to-fact ratio. They deserve source transparency and access to depth research. They deserve coverage that understands and reflects their culture, and its ideals. Most of all, they deserve accurate reporting of the technical, political, industrial, and program environment for efforts that commit the lives of hundreds or thousands of people for many years. Efforts that, if they succeed, will protect millions more.
The readers who also insisted on these things, and contacted us when we (or even governments) got things wrong, remain one of the things I liked best about DID. If the quality of a publication is measured by the quality of its readers, we have reason to be proud.
Keep insisting. Keep reaching. Defend the worthy, fix the flawed, and protect the good.
In honor of absent friends,”
South China Sea: China vs. Philippines
- The Chinese government released a position paper on jurisdiction matters in a South China Sea arbitration initiated by the Philippines: Xinhua | CCTV video below [both state-owned]: