DUBAI — Beechcraft has launched a three-month demonstration tour of its AT-6 light-attack plane at the Dubai Airshow this week.
Company officials are optimistic that they will soon have a launch customer for the plane, which they have been developing for several years. In the meantime, they’ll be showing it off in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Asia. More
The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) quickly has become a top Washington national security think tank. And on Monday morning, it offered the latest glimpse why.
The organization announced it is adding a handful of heavy hitters to its board of directors, including former Marine Corps Gen. John Allen, outgoing BAE Systems CEO Linda Hudson and former Sen. Joseph Lieberman.
The moves give the relatively young think tank further inroads to the Obama administration. Its two board co-chairs are former Obama administration officials, and Allen ran the Afghanistan war under President Barack Obama. Lieberman was more ally than irritant to the White House before he left the Senate, and Hudson worked closely with senior Pentagon leaders as head of BAE.
Republican senators Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Mark Kirk of Illinois are asking the Pentagon’s chief watchdog to look into a contractor who shipped items through Iran on their way to Afghanistan.
The Dubai-based contractor, Anham, has claimed that the items were shipped by subcontractors without company leadership’s knowledge, but Defense News reported in late September that one of the company’s senior executives was aware of and contributed to an email chain outlining logistical problems stemming from the shipments. More
If you deal with defense spending, you’ve probably had someone tell you that the budgets of the military services are roughly split evenly. Well it’s not true.
Todd Harrison, an analyst with the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, busted that often repeated myth Thursday when presenting his latest report called: “Chaos and Uncertainty: The FY 14 Defense Budget and Beyond.”
“The services have never gotten equal shares of the budget,” Harrison said. “Never! It’s the myth! Never happened!” More
When you’re conducting “population-centric comprehensive operations” to support an embattled host nation government in a foreign country, it’s a good idea not to insult the very population you’re trying to support and protect.
For starters, it’s a good idea not to call their country “forsaken.” More
Later today, former Army Capt. William Swenson will head over to the White House where president Obama will drape the Medal of Honor around his neck.
Swenson earned the nation’s highest military honor for actions undertaken during a bloody and controversial 7-hour gunfight between about 60 Taliban fighters and a group of Afghan soldiers and Border Police, who were backed up by a handful of US Army and Marine Corps advisers in the Ganjgal Valley in eastern Afghanistan on Sept. 8, 2009.
Five Americans and at least ten Afghan troops were killed, with dozens more wounded. More
Secretary of State John Kerry stopped in Kabul today for talks with Afghan president Hamid Karzai in an attempt to push along the stalled security negotiations between the two countries, which hinge around allowing American troops to stay past their December 2014 withdrawal deadline.
While negotiations over the deal have been trudging along since 2012, talks recently sputtered over Karzai’s demands that it place limits on US counterterror operations in his country after 2014. But at the conclusion of their meeting on Friday, the duo said that they would meet again on Saturday before Kerry leaves for Paris and London. More
The history of fielding, supplying, and repairing the thousands of ground vehicles given to the Afghan Army and Police hasn’t always been a happy one, and as NATO heads for the exits in a little over a year, western forces are scrambling to leave behind as much capacity as possible.
That’s why the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan (NTM-A) recently convened a summit at Camp Eggers in Kabul that brought together dozens of Afghan military leaders for what it called an “Afghan-led working group” that pushed the process of working though how the Afghan National Army keeps its wheeled vehicle fleet humming. More