Archive for January, 2012

Will BRAC be a BCAR in 2013 & 2015?

What is officially called the Defense Base Closure and Realignment process takes the acronym BRAC — which logically would stand for Base Realignment and Closure, reversing the priorities and, one guesses, making the word more pronounceable. Lt. Col. Melinda Morgan, a spokeswoman of the Office of the Defense Secretary, has an explanation she offered Government […]

Panetta Says BRAC Best Tool Available To Downsize

Detailed budget plans won’t be unveiled until February, but Panetta said he would be requesting $525 billion for the fiscal 2013 base budget, which is the first budget to be implemented since last year’s Budget Control Act mandated nearly $500 billion be cut from defense spending over the next 10 years. It’s $6 billion less […]

AFSOC To Use iPads In Flight

In a Justification and Approval (J&A) approved for the purchase of 2861 Apple iPad 2’s, to serve as electronic flight bags, the AF Special Operations Command moved its crews up the technology ladder several rungs! The command flies modified C-130s and CV-22s that have sophisticated systems requiring volumes of tech data just to operate, let […]

DOD Plans Become More Clear Today

Today Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will outline elements of the Pentagon’s $525 billion fiscal 2013 budget, including a plan to “expand its global network of drones and special-operations bases” even as it cuts back on conventional forces. According to “The Wall Street Journal” reports, the proposed budget will include the first of $487 billion in […]

The End of an ERP Era – 10 years in the failing

If you are a tracker of ERP failures, take a look at the $986.5M no-go project by the USAF. The project scheduled to complete in 2013 at contract award had slipped to 2016 and the cost had grown from $600M range to the $1B range of a total program planned at “just” $1.5B total for […]

Duplication In Services Studied – Bout Time

President Barack Obama announced on Jan. 13 a plan to consolidate six business and trade agencies into a single new department. My review of the plan revealed that the reorganization would affect at least 12 agencies. Administration officials have now indicated that a related Office of Management and Budget effort to reduce duplication in government, […]

Warner Robins Completes First C-130 AMP

The first Air Force C-130H aircraft fitted with state-of-the-art cockpit equipment at Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Georgia arrived last week at Little Rock AFB, Ark. This is the fourth overall C-130H upgraded under the Boeing-led C-130 Avionics Modernization program and delivered to Little Rock, but the first one that USAF technicians modified as […]

The Passing of an Icon

In December I lost a true leader and mentor that I was proud to call Boss. His council and guidance helped me get on a program management path and leave pure engineering back in the 80s. Below is information from the news about his passing. A pilot turned maintenance officer – the first of two […]

ISR Takes Front Seat In Obama Defense Plan

Speaking on the Defense Plan that cuts $485B, President Obama clearly defined an expanding role for ISR assets as part of a flexibility and lean joint force strategy. Here are his words: “As we look beyond the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan … we’ll be able to ensure our security with smaller conventional ground forces.” […]

How Safe Will DOD Cloud Infrastructure Really Be?

As the military ends campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan and institutes mandated cost cuts, funding for cyber operations will dodge the chopping block, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday. The shift of military operations to the cloud — part of a Defense Department downsizing — will require protecting electronics manufactured in Asia from supply chain […]

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