- Lt Gen Christopher C. Bogdan is now heading the JSF program, following his promotion last August and VADM Venlet’s retirement. Bogdan was Venlet’s deputy since July. Reuters portrays him as a “maverick.” Meanwhile Army Gen. Lloyd Austin will succeed Gen. James Mattis to head US CENTCOM.
- US Senators Carl Levin and John McCain – the two most senior members of the Armed Services Committee – sent a letter to SecDef Leon Panetta denouncing the Air Force’s Expeditionary Combat Support System as what “appears to be one of the most egregious examples of mismanagement in recent memory.” The Air Force cancelled the $1B logistics system last month. Its failure will not make it easier for the service to meet its legal obligation to pass an audit by FY17.
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