US Marines Publish New Aviation Plan, Aircraft Retirement Schedule
- The US Marines released their 2015 aviation plan [PDF], which shows they plan to retire their Harriers then their Hornets as they phase in F-35s in the second half of next decade.
US Biz Dev
- DARPA will hold a presenter’s day [FBO] about Electrical Prescriptions (ElectRx) on December 16 in Arlington, VA. The program’s intent is to “target specific neural circuits to monitor health status and intervene as needed to deliver therapeutic patterns of neural stimulation that restore desired physiological states.”
- CSO: 6 things we learned from this year’s security breaches. Among them: know the software components you’ve sourced from the outside, and don’t trust white hat penetration tests that are under constraints criminals don’t care about.
- TheIntelligenceCommunity is a marketplace to be launched next year that will try to address the staffing gap. Here’s their video pitch.
- India announced [Times of India] in June 2012 a deal with South Korea to buy 2 minesweepers and technology transfer from Kangnam Corporation for Rs 2,700 ($440M), to be followed by Rs 6,000 crore (about $980M) to build 6 more vessels in Goa, with forthcoming procurement eventually reaching a total of 24 vessels. Back in January South Korea’s President Park inquired about the stalled deal. India’s Attorney General is now recommending [Deccan Chronicle] to cancel the deal on allegations [India Today] that middlemen where involved. Sounds just like most other Indian acquisitions.
- What can be learned [Belmont Club] watching video shot by Syrian tanks equipped with GoPro cameras? For one, Syrian armored troops seem to be pretty mobile among the urban rubble. Meanwhile Russian advisers are apparently using the videos to debrief what went wrong when a tank got hit.
From the Dept of Surreal Situations
- A year after Vice Adm. Ted Branch, Director of Naval Intelligence, and Rear Adm. Bruce Loveless, Director of Intelligence Operations got their security clearance suspended because of the Glenn Defense Marine Asia scandal, they are still in limbo [Navy Times], neither cleared nor charged.
Tailhooked (Not in Vegas)
- An F-35C made its 1st arrested landing, aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68). US Navy video below: