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Rapid Fire August 6, 2013: Embassy Shutdowns Because of Al-Qaeda in Yemen

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* The US Air Force has flown US embassy staff out of Yemen because of Al Qaeda threats. The UK, France and Germany have also shut down their embassies. * Japan unveiled its 1st Izumo-class carrier which can carry up to 14 helicopters. Commissioning is expected in 2 years. Video. * That China is building its own aircraft carriers gets observers speculating about the underlying motives. China may be trying to build a blue water navy, but they are nonetheless facing significant maritime dilemmas. * The 2 cutters acquired by the Philippines from the US Coast Guard may be fitted with missile systems, possibly from Rafael, according to local source TV5/InterAksyon. * Why is Afghanistan important to India? * US NAVAIR’s PMA209 Air Combat Electronics program office will host an industry day on August 29 in California, MD, to present their roadmaps. * David Robbins, Assistant Deputy General Counsel (Contractor Responsibility)at the US Air Force is not convinced by some of the ongoing consolidation efforts of suspension and debarment functions at the federal level. On the massive System for Award Management (SAM) developed by IBM for the General Services Administration (GSA): “The accuracy of the SAM database is a more […]

* The US Air Force has flown US embassy staff out of Yemen because of Al Qaeda threats. The UK, France and Germany have also shut down their embassies.

* Japan unveiled its 1st Izumo-class carrier which can carry up to 14 helicopters. Commissioning is expected in 2 years. Video.

* That China is building its own aircraft carriers gets observers speculating about the underlying motives. China may be trying to build a blue water navy, but they are nonetheless facing significant maritime dilemmas.

* The 2 cutters acquired by the Philippines from the US Coast Guard may be fitted with missile systems, possibly from Rafael, according to local source TV5/InterAksyon.

* Why is Afghanistan important to India?

* US NAVAIR’s PMA209 Air Combat Electronics program office will host an industry day on August 29 in California, MD, to present their roadmaps.

* David Robbins, Assistant Deputy General Counsel (Contractor Responsibility)at the US Air Force is not convinced by some of the ongoing consolidation efforts of suspension and debarment functions at the federal level. On the massive System for Award Management (SAM) developed by IBM for the General Services Administration (GSA):

“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:

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