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By Dan Dupont
June 9, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Two big personnel moves announced today by the Pentagon:

Marine Corps Lt. Gen. John R. Allen for appointment to the rank of general and for assignment as commander, International Security Assistance Force/commander, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan. Allen is currently serving as the special assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Army Lt. Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti for reappointment to the rank of lieutenant general and for assignment as the commanding general, I Corps and Fort Lewis, Joint Base Lewis McChord Wash., and commander, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command/deputy commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan. Scaparrotti is currently serving as the commanding general, I Corps and Fort Lewis, Joint Base Lewis McChord, Wash.

By John Liang
June 8, 2011 at 4:01 PM

The Navy has decided to cancel its intent to prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for a proposed "Geothermal Development Program" at Naval Air Facility El Centro, CA, according to a notice published in today's Federal Register. Specifically:

It has been determined that preparation of a PEIS is not appropriate at this time when considering the current project scale and stage of geothermal energy development at Superstition Mountain on Naval Air Facility El Centro. The [Navy Department] will develop an internal document known as an environmental and operational feasibility study. This internal document will analyze the environmental and operational framework within which a geothermal development may proceed and will provide the DoN with information required to determine the DoN's geothermal energy program needs at Naval Air Facility El Centro. Should geothermal development be indicated as feasible and a project to be developed, the appropriate level of National Environmental Policy Act analysis and process will be performed.

By John Liang
June 7, 2011 at 9:18 PM

The Senate Armed Services Committee just released its mark-up schedule for its version of the fiscal year 2012 defense authorization bill.

The subcommittee mark-ups -- most of which will be closed to the public -- will take place on June 14 and 15 under the following schedule, according to a committee statement:

Tuesday, June 14, 2011:

9:00 a.m.-----Subcommittee on Airland.  CLOSED.  Room SR-232A.

10:30 a.m.-----Subcommittee on Strategic Forces.  CLOSED.  Room SR-232A.

2:00 p.m.-----Subcommittee on Seapower.  CLOSED.  Room SR-232A.

3:30 p.m.-----Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support.  OPEN.  Room SR-485.

5:00 p.m.-----Subcommittee on Personnel.  CLOSED.  Room SR-232A.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011:

9:30 a.m.-----Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities.  CLOSED.  Room SR-232A.

The full committee will mark the bill up in closed session from that Wednesday through Friday, according to the statement:

Wednesday, June 15, 2011:

2:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Full Committee.  CLOSED.  Room SR-232A.

Thursday, June 16, 2011:

9:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. [with a break for lunch]

Full Committee.  CLOSED.  Room SR-232A.

If the mark-up is not completed by the end of Thursday, then the committee will get it done the following day, according to the statement. Further:

The order of Subcommittee reports and consideration of General Provisions will be as follows:

-- Airland Subcommittee

-- Strategic Forces Subcommittee

-- Seapower Subcommittee

-- Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee

-- Personnel Subcommittee

-- Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee

--General Provisions

The House Armed Services Committee approved its version of the bill on May 12, and the full House followed suit on May 26.

By John Liang
June 7, 2011 at 3:28 PM

The Missile Defense Agency just announced it would take a little bit longer to decide the winner of a multiyear, multimillion-dollar contract to develop and maintain the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system. According to an MDA statement:

The pending Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) development and sustainment contract undergoing proposal evaluation is now planned for award late this fall. Boeing and Lockheed Martin have each submitted proposals to compete for the contract award. The award amount will be proposed by the companies in their respective proposals. The Source Selection Authority has determined that it is in the best interest of the government to ensure rigorous and comprehensive proposals by industry, and evaluation by the government, by extending the anticipated award date into November of this year.

An MDA spokesman told Inside Missile Defense that contract execution will still begin in fiscal year 2012.

Boeing has been operating under a series of six-month "bridge" contracts as the main contractor for the GMD program, with MDA never having signed the company to a final deal to complete the system's core elements.

A Lockheed Martin and Raytheon team is competing against a Boeing and Northrop Grumman team for the contract, which has a potential annual value of $600 million.

By Tony Bertuca
June 7, 2011 at 3:23 PM

An Army instructor with 32 years of service as a soldier has written a paper pushing back against Training and Doctrine Command's “Army Learning Concept 2015,” criticizing its focus on developing digitally connected millennials rather than “adult” leaders.

“Our Army does not need more technology, gaming, simulations and technology-delivered approaches to 'individual' learning for digital aged millennial soldiers,” wrote Michael Sevcik, who teaches at the School for Command Preparation at the Army Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, KS.

His paper, “Army Learning Concept 2015: These Are Not The Droids You're Looking For,” was posted today on Small Wars Journal.

“What our Army needs is a learning strategy targeted on adults and focused on the command team, NCOs and leaders at all levels,” Sevcik wrote. “ALC 2015 should be a source of help for our commanders who are responsible for leader development and lifetime learning of their Soldiers. As written, it clearly is not.”

ALC 2015 was published by TRADOC in January and heralded by Gen. Martin Dempsey (who ran the Army's schoolhouse at the time) as “an important component of our effort to drive change through a campaign of learning.” Dempsey also highlighted the strategy for focusing on “the opportunities presented by dynamic virtual environments, by on-line gaming, and by mobile learning.”

But Sevcik sees a problem with this focus and the service's recent effort to equip soldiers with handheld communication devices.

“For over a decade there have been warnings that our millennial generation is addicted to technology at the expense of interpersonal skills, team building, common respect, the ability to communicate to one another,” he wrote. “In many cases our millennial soldiers have exchanged critical thinking for a passionate embrace of trivia. . . . When TRADOC issues 100,000 new digital handheld devices to soldiers, how long will it be before 'Joe' is wasting time playing computer games, buying stuff on E-Bay and surfing the net for porn?”

By John Liang
June 7, 2011 at 2:56 PM

The House late last month passed a measure attached to the fiscal year 2012 defense authorization bill that would significantly narrow the reach of an amendment the Defense Department had sought to exempt critical infrastructure information from disclosure requirements under the Freedom of Information Act, Defense Environment Alert reports this morning:

DOD sought the exemption following its failure to persuade the Supreme Court to use a personnel rules exemption in FOIA to protect weapons depot safety maps from disclosure.

Open government groups were successful in paring back what they considered to be a blanket exemption DOD had requested that they feared would have used the guise of protecting critical infrastructure information as pretext for withholding all types of data, one open government source says. Sources say the revised amendment is significantly narrower than the version DOD had sought, paring back the type of information that can be withheld and adding a balancing test for the public interest.

In its passage of the FY-12 defense authorization bill May 26, the House approved an amendment sponsored by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) that would exempt DOD critical infrastructure security information from FOIA disclosure requirements provided the data's disclosure would result in "the disruption, degradation, or destruction of operations, property, or facilities of the Department of Defense," the language says. For the exemption to take effect, the defense secretary would also have to determine that "the public interest consideration in the disclosure of such information does not outweigh preventing the disclosure of such information."

Further, the amendment defines DOD critical infrastructure security information, saying this term means "sensitive but unclassified information related to critical infrastructure information owned or operated by or on behalf of [DOD] that could substantially facilitate the effectiveness of an attack designed to destroy equipment, create maximum casualties, or steal particularly sensitive military weapons including information regarding the securing and safeguarding of explosives, hazardous chemicals, or pipelines." It also calls on DOD to write regulations to implement the measure.

By John Liang
June 6, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Inside the Navy is reporting this morning that the family of systems that will replace the canceled EPX program will include a variety of unmanned systems that are already a part of the Navy's program of record, most of which will be fielded around 2019.

In a list of responses to information dominance industry day questions dated April 5, officials listed the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Increment 3, Medium-Range Unmanned Aerial System, Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike and MQ-8B FireScout drones as components in the EPX stew. Further, ITN reports:

"Fire Scout is currently deployed and expected to reach Initial Operating Capability (IOC) in the 1st quarter of [fiscal year 2012]," the document states. "The other systems have proposed IOCs in the 2019 timeframe."

However, a presentation from the Pentagon's director of operational test and evaluation posted online the same month predicts that Fire Scout will not start initial operational testing and evaluation in September as scheduled. It notes that the program has a single set of shipboard ground control station equipment, and that set is used with ships for military utility assessments.

"If [the] system is not ready for IOT&E before [the] ship sails, IOT&E is further delayed," the slide notes.

But there's more that the ITN article didn't go into. That presentation also states that "program delays are common," adding that "the reasons behind the delays are varied," and can include:

– Problems conducting the test

• Test range availability, test instrumentation problems, and test execution problems

– Performance problems in DT or OT

• System problems identified during testing that must be addressed

– Programmatic

• Funding or scheduling problems

– Manufacturing

• Manufacturing delays or quality control problems

By Sebastian Sprenger
June 3, 2011 at 2:04 PM

With Gen. Martin Dempsey slated to leave the Army chief of staff post for bigger things, there's suddenly a new context for his overarching vision document that was slated for publication in mid-June. As Inside the Army reports in this week's edition, a draft version of the document hits many of the themes Dempsey has propagated since he became Army chief of staff in April and from his preceding tenure at Training and Doctrine Command.

Yes, the document is but a draft. And yes, Dempsey's nominated successor, Gen. Raymond Odierno, may choose to tweak the plan (like, say, the section on "mission command") or even scrap it altogether.

But the draft document nevertheless provides an important snapshot of what the sitting chief of staff has deemed important at a juncture in time that happens to involve senior leadership transitions.

One change made "in the last couple of days" involves the document's title, an Army spokeswoman tells us. Instead of the chief's "intent" for the Army, it is now dubbed the CSA's "Thoughts on the future of the Army."

By Amanda Palleschi
June 3, 2011 at 11:30 AM

The FBI is investigating the recent breach of Lockheed Martin's computer networks as a "cyber crime," while the Pentagon is playing a supporting role in analyzing the breach, according to Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy Robert Butler.

"As part of our [Defense Industrial Base] information sharing program, we stand ready to provide assistance, with [the Department of Homeland Security]," Butler told a forum in Washington Thursday. However, "on all cyber crime activity [the FBI] has the mantle," he said.

"The analysis on these activities, first of all is challenging," Butler said. "It's diffuse and has lots of different pieces that have got to be put together." Lockheed Martin said last week that it suffered a computer network attack on May 21. A Defense Department spokeswoman said the "impact to DOD was minimal" and that the department "did not expect any adverse effect" as a result of the breach.

By John Liang
June 2, 2011 at 9:17 PM

The Senate Armed Services Committee just announced it plans to hold a hearing on June 9 regarding Leon Panetta's nomination to replace Robert Gates as defense secretary.

Two sessions will be held -- an open one at 9:30 a.m. and a closed one at 2:30 p.m., according to the announcement.

By John Liang
June 2, 2011 at 4:08 PM

The Space Tracking and Surveillance System program office has officially moved from Los Angeles Air Force Base, CA, to the Missile Defense Integration and Operations Center in Colorado Springs, according to a June 1 Missile Defense Agency statement.

The transfer ceremony took place on May 25, "which also highlighted the renaming of the Missile Defense Space Experimentation Center to the Space Development Center," the MDA statement reads. Further:

The ceremony opened with remarks by Dr. James E. Armstrong, MDA CIO and Deputy Director of the MDIOC, who recognized this milestone, the latest in a long history of MDA integration at the MDIOC. "We are excited about the movement of MDA's STSS Program Office to this facility, and we will do our best to ensure they are successful," Armstrong said.

The presiding officer of the ceremony, Mr. Rich Ritter, Program Executive for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR), also recognized the importance of this transition. Referring to the ceremony as a "graduation" of sorts, he stated the move would increase the number of demonstrations and tests. He further highlighted the growing importance of space assets to missile defense.

The outgoing STSS leader, Colonel Select Matthew P. Murdough, commented on his years with the program, thanking his staff and wishing the new leadership good luck before taking part in the traditional flag transfer ceremony. After the symbolic passing of the unit flag from outgoing to incoming leader, Dennis Miller, the MDSDC Director expressed his thanks. "The journey is not finished," he said. "We look forward to the next steps of the program."

The ceremony concluded with Mr. Ritter unveiling the new name and logo for the Missile Defense Space Development Center. The MDSDC, led by Dennis Miller, is now responsible for operational control of the STSS Demonstrator satellites and the Near Field Infrared Experiment Satellite.

STSS is a key component in MDA's development of a space-based sensor layer to detect missile launches, provide continuous target tracking, and pass track data to missile interceptors with the accuracy and timeliness necessary to enable successful target interception. The seamless administrative transfer will not affect current satellite operations.

By Tony Bertuca
June 2, 2011 at 3:22 PM

The Army's outgoing acquisition executive, Malcolm O'Neill, who recently, announced his retirement for "personal reasons," will be replaced on an interim basis tomorrow by his principal deputy, Heidi Shyu, according to an Army spokesman.

As principal deputy, Shyu is responsible for research and technology for the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, according to her biography on ASAALT's website.

Prior to her current position, Shyu served as vice president of technology strategy for Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems. While at Raytheon, she also worked as senior director of unmanned combat vehicles, senior director for the Joint Strike Fighter and director of JSF Integrated Radar/Electronic Warfare Sensors, among other leadership positions, her bio sates.

Shyu was a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board from 2000 to 2010, and served on the Defense Science Board between 2005 and 2008.

Shyu received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of New Brunswick, a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Toronto, and a second master’s degree in electrical engineering from UCLA, according to her bio page. Shyu has also received an engineering degree from UCLA, according to her bio page.

By Tony Bertuca
June 1, 2011 at 5:40 PM

The president of Oshkosh Defense, Richard “Andy” Hove, is stepping down today to pursue other business opportunities, according to a statement from the Wisconsin-based company.

“R. Andrew (Andy) Hove, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president of the defense segment, is leaving the company to seek other business opportunities,” according to Oshkosh. “The company thanks Andy for his efforts leading the Oshkosh Defense segment, and wishes him success in his future pursuits”

Charlie Szews, the president and chief executive officer at Oshkosh, will be leading the company's defense segment until a successor is named “following an executive search,” the announcement states.

Oshkosh is a leading supplier of tactical wheeled vehicles to the military and has contracts for the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicle as well as the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles.

By John Liang
June 1, 2011 at 4:30 PM

The State Department this morning released a fact sheet listing the United States' and Russia's aggregate number of nuclear weapons as well as intercontinental and submarine-launched ballistic missiles, as required under the follow-on Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.

Those numbers are:

Category of Data                                                                USA                               Russia


Deployed ICBMs, Deployed SLBMs,                                 882                                521

and Deployed Heavy Bombers


Warheads on Deployed ICBMs,                                         1800                                1537

on Deployed SLBMs,

and Nuclear Warheads Counted for

Deployed Heavy Bombers


Deployed and Non-deployed Launchers                             1124                               865

of ICBMs, Deployed and Non-deployed

Launchers of SLBMs, and Deployed and

Non-deployed Heavy Bombers

The department also notes:

Data in this Fact Sheet comes from the initial exchange of data required by the Treaty no later than 45 days after entry into force of the Treaty, or March 22, 2011. It contains data declared current as of the February 5, 2011, date of entry into force of the Treaty. Data will be updated each six month period after entry into force of the Treaty.

By John Liang
June 1, 2011 at 3:13 PM

With every passing week, pieces of soon-to-be-defunct U.S. Joint Forces Command are peeled off and folded into other parts of the Defense Department. Today it was JFCOM's Joint Capability Development Directorate (J8), which is moving over to the Joint Staff and becoming the "Deputy Director for Command and Control, Communications and Computers (DDC4)," according to a command statement. Further:

The DDC4 is responsible for overseeing the Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems (C4)/Cyber Functional Capabilities Board (FCB), overseeing assessments and evaluation efforts to facilitate and integrate C4 initiatives, advising the chairman and director on C4 capability development and integration, and supporting the integration of approved C4 capability needs across DoD decision support processes.

"The DDC4 will continue to identify short-and long-term joint, multinational and interagency capability gaps and work with other combatant commands, the services, coalition partners and agencies to provide integrated capabilities," said Stuart Whitehead, acting deputy director for command and control, communications and computers (DDC4).

The DDC4 is comprised of three assistant deputy directorates to include C4/Cyber FCB, Net-Centric and Command and Control. The DDC4 is distributed between the Pentagon, Norfolk and Suffolk Va. and Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.