Rapid Fire June 18, 2012: India to Ease Offset Requirements?
Forthcoming acquisition reform in India may in effect ease the use of imported parts and decrease offset obligations, according to the Business Standard.
Japan wants to know why a CV-22 crashed last week in Florida before getting any MV-22s on its soil. The US will share the results of its investigation of the accident but is not otherwise changing its plans.
The strike at Lockheed Martin’s plan in Forth Worth, TX will have lasted for 2 months by the end of the week. The firm has been adding more temp workers.
Meanwhile Marinette is struggling to fill some positions in Wisconsin.
Teresa Takai, the Pentagon’s Chief Information Officer (CIO), published the version 2.0 [scanned PDF] of the department’s mobile device strategy. The document remains relatively open-ended; more practical information is expected to follow. DoD would be more credible with its IT initiatives if it could be bothered to release all its new memos in fully digital formats instead of scanned PDFs. Is the DoD CIO office still using typewriters? But then, settling for less than-adequate standard choices is par for the course. Related: this overview [proper PDF] of DISA’s test and evaluation approach to mobility.
The announcement made by Germany and France last week that they would increase their defense cooperation has to be seen with skepticism. French President Hollande’s Parti Socialiste (with the support of a couple minor partners) just won the absolute majority in the lower chamber, and his administration so far has made declarations strongly at odds with Angela Merkel.