Turkey Downplays Base Use Agreement Announced by US DoD
US Army Doctrine: Whoa, Things Change!
- The US Army published last week its revised Operating Concept (AOC) [PDF]. The operative word in this update is “complex”, “defined as an environment that is not only unknown, but unknowable and constantly changing.” Because in the past commanders had perfect information and circumstances remained static.
- Boeing’s new low-profile Yahsat broadband aircraft antenna is worthy of attention. 1st, the UAE’s Emirates and Eithad are big civil operators. 2nd, the UAE military will continue to invest in large and mid-size specialty aircraft, and can be expected to buy and field larger UAVs. So there are a lot of possibilities for Boeing here.
- Oshkosh Defense will cut its workforce by up to 320 jobs in December. Most of these positions are either hourly or temporary.
- The Aerospace Industries Association asked Deloitte to update its 2012 study on the dire effects of sequestration on not just the defense industry but the economy as a whole. Would predicting locusts be over-the-top?
- Norway grounded [BT, in Norwegian] some of its F-16s after it found cracks in their fuselage. Separately, Norway’s Ministry of Defense has extended its suspension of bilateral military activities with Russia, but now sounds like a good time for the Russians to make one of their increasingly frequent bomber border checks.
Inspired by R2D2
- Today’s video features Helen Greiner who cofounded iRobot before launching CyPhy Works, another company dedicated to develop robots: