On August 22/05, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified the public of a possible Foreign Military Sale [PDF] to Singapore of advanced ordnance, plus logistics, training support, and associated equipment and services for F-15 aircraft. The total value, if all options are exercised, could be as high as $741 million.
This is interesting, because Singapore does not currently fly F-15 aircraft (it flies F-16s, F/RF-5s, and A-4SUs). The F-15E Strike Eagle was named to an April 2005 shortlist with Dassault’s Rafale for Singapore’s $1 billion A-4SU fighter replacement contract, and closer U.S. military ties in recent years are expected to give the F-15E a slight edge. Indeed, the recently-retired head of U.S. Pacific Command was honored at almost the same time with Singapore’s Meritorious Service Medal – Military.
The natural question is whether the Government of Singapore has made, or is very close to making, a decision regarding its future fighter purchase.
DID recently covered a lengthy GAO Report on the Coast Guard’s Deepwater program, which aims to invest $20-25 billion over the next two decades in order to renew the Coast guard’s aging ships, helicopters, and other equipment. While GAO report #05-757 focused on project management concerns and offered recommendations, the Aug/05 issue of Seapower magazine offers a special focus on the Deepwater program, and highlights some of the U.S. Coast Guard’s under-appreciated assets. Articles include:
The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency recently notified Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale of continuing logistics support, contractor maintenance, and technical services, and associated equipment and services in support of Kuwait’s 40 F/A-18C&D aircraft. The total value, if all options are exercised, could be as high as $295 million.
Kuwait has traditionally relied heavily on outside support to maintain its modern military equipment, which includes F/A-18 aircraft, M1A1 Abrambs tanks, et. al. These contractor services will provide for a continuation of the required logistics and support through CY 2011. The principal contractors participating in this proposed sale are DYNCORP of Fort Worth, TX; F/A-18 manufacturer The Boeing Company of St. Louis, MO; and Anteon Corporation of Fairfax, VA. Implementation of this proposed sale will require the assignment of 50 contractor representatives in Kuwait to maintain continuity in the program support through CY 2011. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.
Singapore’s Brigadier-General Jimmy Khoo seems to get frequent speaking invites at defense conferences; and after reading a couple of his talks, we can see why. His tongue-in-cheek discussion of “8 Reasons Why Network Centric Warfare is Irrelevant” at the Network Transformation 2003 conference in Brussels offers an excellent introduction to the pressures driving NCW as an emerging doctrine among the world’s advanced militaries. His comments on the evolution of Singapore’s military, the steps they’re taking toward their own transformation, and the OODA Loop help to explain why this tiny city-state is considered a decision-maker to watch in the global defense market.
Navy submarine crews are using video games to practice anti-terrorism tactics designed to secure their boats while in port or while passing through narrow straits et. al. in littoral zones The 3Dsolve simulation is called the Force Protection Anti-Terrorism Simulation Trainer, and bears some resemblances to the hit video game “The Sims” in terms of its style and play. The Navy originally intended to design a first-person view game (i.e. HALO or Doom), but backed off once the cost of such an endeavour and difficulties in running the result on some of the Navy’s existing low-end laptops became clear. 3Dsolve’s animators were also reportedly “stunned” by the level of complexity of the SSN 688 Los Angeles-class subs.
So far, the game only models Los Angeles-class attack submarines and the environment of the New London, CT naval base. It could be expanded to include other ports and SSBN 726 Ohio-class submarines, however, just as future upgrades may add to the 22 scenarios programmed thus far. National Defense Magazine has further details.
Speaking to attendees of the 2005 Army Directors of Information Management/Army Knowledge Management conference, new director of the Defense Information Systems Agency, Air Force Lt. Gen. Charles Croom reportedly said he will re-examine the Net-Centric Enterprise Services (NCES) program. Calling the $10 billion initiative “the only transformational program DISA has,” Croom said he’s “not convinced [its components] are described appropriately.” Federal Computing Weekly has more.
In addition to messaging, NCES includes application, collaboration, discovery, mediation, security, storage, user assistance and enterprise systems management. The core, common IT services is intended to create a communications infrastructure allowing warfighters and analysts to more easily access and use U.S. military and intelligence networks by customizing searches and sharing data.