Rapid Fire May 6, 2013: Tensions Defused in India, Flaring in Syria

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* Operations and maintenance were the first to be hit by sequestration. Pentagon Comptroller Bob Dale told Defense News that the impact of sequestration on acquisition programs will be known soon, with some noticeable but not huge cuts in units ordered, and delays especially on the research & development side. There is a significant reprogramming request coming to wrap up FY13, while the outlook for furloughs is still shifting and fuzzy. * Israel launched airstrikes between Friday and Sunday against a Syrian military facility near Damascus. The situation in Syria doesn’t get any clearer, as UN investigators say sarin gas may well have been used by rebels rather than the government. * China and India seem to be defusing tension at the Line of Actual Control in the Ladakh region. At least until next time. Hindustan Times | PTI. * China commissioned Yueyang, the latest ship in its Type 054A frigate class. * The US Air Force announced it recently successfully completed its final test flight with the X-51A vehicle, at a peak speed of Mach 5.1. * An M51 ballistic missile launched by France from a submarine during a test self-destructed during its first propulsion phase. The 5 earlier […]

* Operations and maintenance were the first to be hit by sequestration. Pentagon Comptroller Bob Dale told Defense News that the impact of sequestration on acquisition programs will be known soon, with some noticeable but not huge cuts in units ordered, and delays especially on the research & development side. There is a significant reprogramming request coming to wrap up FY13, while the outlook for furloughs is still shifting and fuzzy.

* Israel launched airstrikes between Friday and Sunday against a Syrian military facility near Damascus. The situation in Syria doesn’t get any clearer, as UN investigators say sarin gas may well have been used by rebels rather than the government.

* China and India seem to be defusing tension at the Line of Actual Control in the Ladakh region. At least until next time. Hindustan Times | PTI.

* China commissioned Yueyang, the latest ship in its Type 054A frigate class.

* The US Air Force announced it recently successfully completed its final test flight with the X-51A vehicle, at a peak speed of Mach 5.1.

* An M51 ballistic missile launched by France from a submarine during a test self-destructed during its first propulsion phase. The 5 earlier tests had been successful. France 24 | Liberation [in French].

* At $1.2B, ITT Exelis Q1 2013 sales were 14% lower that a year ago.

* The US Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute published a book on cyber infrastructure protection [PDF] covering the gamut of economic, social, and legal aspects.

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