Rapid Fire August 6, 2013: Embassy Shutdowns Because of Al-Qaeda in Yemen
“The accuracy of the SAM database is a more difficult issue. As a user of SAM, I can confess it is not my favorite information technology system. I have seen several instances – though not an alarming number – of data migration issues when case data was ported from the legacy Excluded Parties List System to SAM. Those issues, however, are not specific to (or caused by) suspending and debarring offices. Instead, those are information system enterprise issues and they are actively being worked by GSA as detailed in public reports.”
- 3D printing has been demonstrated or used for a variety of potential defense applications, from UAVs to bionic ears.
- Think Defence has an interesting entry on the UK’s Operation TELIC during the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the ship-to-shore logistics that were involved, and a successful effort by the US Coast Guard and Navy to prevent a cunning last-minute naval mining attempt by the Iraqis.
- Today’s video below showing flight deck operations aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) offers a nice change of pace from the usual accelerated, bombastic productions: