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Rapid Fire March 12, 2013: DoD Furlough Planning

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* Pentagon CFO Bob Dale said furloughs can begin on April 26, with 22 days without pay for DoD civilian employees from then until Sept. 30. * A US Navy EA-6B Prowler from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, WA, crashed yesterday during a training flight. The 3 crew members died in the accident. 2 crewmembers from the Israeli Air Force also died during a practice flight (in an AH-1 Cobra) yesterday. On Monday a UH-60 Black Hawk crash in Afghanistan had killed a crew of 5 American service members. * US Navy Captain Henry J. Hendrix argues [PDF] for the Center for a New American Security think tank that the aircraft carrier is “in danger of becoming like the battleships it was originally designed to support: big, expensive, vulnerable – and surprisingly irrelevant to the conflicts of the time.” Information Dissemination has some counter-points. * According to a report [PDF] by the Project 2049 Institute think tank, China’s military “has developed one of the largest and most organizationally complex UAV programs in the world.” * Andrew S. Erickson, an Associate Professor in the US Naval War College, thinks China will face diminishing returns for its increased defense spending, as well […]

* Pentagon CFO Bob Dale said furloughs can begin on April 26, with 22 days without pay for DoD civilian employees from then until Sept. 30.

* A US Navy EA-6B Prowler from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, WA, crashed yesterday during a training flight. The 3 crew members died in the accident. 2 crewmembers from the Israeli Air Force also died during a practice flight (in an AH-1 Cobra) yesterday. On Monday a UH-60 Black Hawk crash in Afghanistan had killed a crew of 5 American service members.

* US Navy Captain Henry J. Hendrix argues [PDF] for the Center for a New American Security think tank that the aircraft carrier is “in danger of becoming like the battleships it was originally designed to support: big, expensive, vulnerable – and surprisingly irrelevant to the conflicts of the time.” Information Dissemination has some counter-points.

* According to a report [PDF] by the Project 2049 Institute think tank, China’s military “has developed one of the largest and most organizationally complex UAV programs in the world.”

* Andrew S. Erickson, an Associate Professor in the US Naval War College, thinks China will face diminishing returns for its increased defense spending, as well as more competition for funds because of social pressure.

* Here is the US Senate’s summary of their version of a funding bill for the rest of 2013. Like the House bill it is a hybrid of continuing resolution and appropriations: it provides the latter not just for defense and veteran affairs, but also homeland security, justic, agriculture, commerce, and science.

* EADS appointed Guillaume Faury as the new CEO of Eurocopter, effective April 30. Faury , 45, comes from embattled car marker Peugeot but already worked at Eurocopter from 1998 to 2008 and started his career at France’s DGA procurement agency.

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