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German Defense Ministry Faces Laundry List of Problems

August 10/15: The German Defense Ministry is investing external link EUR6 billion ($6.5 billion) in fixing problems with in service equipment. The investment will be spread over seven or eight years and focus principally on high-value assets, including the Eurofighter jet and NH90 helicopter. The German military has been criticized considerably in recent weeks, with low aircraft availability hampering operational efficacy.

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* Consultants hired by the German government confirmed that its defense procurement is messed up because of poor corporate management and weak institutional culture: Deutche Welle | Süddeutschen Zeitung [in German]. * Germany will make a decision [Reuters] next year on whether they’ll continue to develop MEADS. US DoD * The Pentagon has already spent [Military Times] more than $1B in less than 4 months of operations against ISIS. * GovExec rounded up ideas to fix the US’ broken security clearance process. * DARPA is organizing a webcast [FBO] on October 15 to discuss Spectral Combs from UV to THz (SCOUT), an effort to improve standoff detection (i.e. at a distance) of trace chemical and biological species. China, Russia * China says [The Diplomat] their DWL002 radar will make US stealth jets “obsolete.” Maybe they watched The Americans too much, but this could be more than hype as passive radar is a real technology. * As China and Russia keeping testing airspace limits with their neighbors [Stars & Stripes], NATO reminds Russia in the video below that they’ve got AWACS and can react quickly: Updates 2015 August 10/15: The German Defense Ministry is investing EUR6 billion ($6.5 billion) in fixing […]

* Consultants hired by the German government confirmed that its defense procurement is messed up because of poor corporate management and weak institutional culture: Deutche Welle | Süddeutschen Zeitung [in German].

* Germany will make a decision [Reuters] next year on whether they’ll continue to develop MEADS.

US DoD

* The Pentagon has already spent [Military Times] more than $1B in less than 4 months of operations against ISIS.

* GovExec rounded up ideas to fix the US’ broken security clearance process.

* DARPA is organizing a webcast [FBO] on October 15 to discuss Spectral Combs from UV to THz (SCOUT), an effort to improve standoff detection (i.e. at a distance) of trace chemical and biological species.

China, Russia

* China says [The Diplomat] their DWL002 radar will make US stealth jets “obsolete.” Maybe they watched The Americans too much, but this could be more than hype as passive radar is a real technology.

* As China and Russia keeping testing airspace limits with their neighbors [Stars & Stripes], NATO reminds Russia in the video below that they’ve got AWACS and can react quickly:

Updates

2015

August 10/15: The German Defense Ministry is investing EUR6 billion ($6.5 billion) in fixing problems with in service equipment. The investment will be spread over seven or eight years and focus principally on high-value assets, including the Eurofighter jet and NH90 helicopter. The German military has been criticized considerably in recent weeks, with low aircraft availability hampering operational efficacy.

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