Though the hearing [PDF] happened at the end of March, Heidi Shyu‘s senatorial confirmation as acquisition chief for the US Army is still on hold. Tom Coburn [R-OK] doesn’t like the Army’s handling of the M4 carbine replacement/renewal, while SASC(Senate Armed Services Committee) member John Cornyn [R-TX] objects to helicopter deals with Rosoboronexport. Russia is not making things any easier by selling attack helicopters to Syria. Frank Kendall was confirmed as USD ATL last month, and former JSF PEO Charles R. Davis was promoted to Military Deputy of USAF acquisition, but the top USAF acquisition job is still vacant. It’s a small world: among other assignments Shyu was working on JSF antennas at Raytheon before joining DoD.