An official review of what went wrong with the Air Force's canceled Expeditionary Combat Support System enterprise resourcing planning effort found problems including a failure of the Air Force to understand its own data, no clear picture on exactly how many legacy systems ECSS was meant to replace, and a confused governance structure.
The fate of the fourteen C-27J aircraft the Coast Guard hopes to inherit from the Air Force remains undecided, a Pentagon spokesman said.
Top military officials told a House panel Wednesday that continued sequestration would make it impossible to plan for new acquisitions, and that maintenance will have to be differed on the current military fleet. If the mandatory budget cuts continue, the Air Force would have to delay purchasing four to five F-35 joint strike fighters from its requested amount of 19, Principal Deputy Assistant Air Force Secretary William LaPlante told the House Armed Services Committee subcommittee on tactical air and land forces in an Oct. 23 hearing.
"I was not looking for this opportunity," Johnson said at the Oct. 18 press conference where President Obama announced his nomination. "I had left government at the end of last year and was settling back into private life and private law practice. But when I received the call, I could not refuse it." Obama called Johnson "an outstanding public servant whom I've known and trusted for years."
If sequestration cuts continue, they could devastate military readiness and dramatically slow down modernization spending, an Oct. 11 Bipartisan Policy Center report says. The report says the full brunt of sequestration cuts hasn't hit yet, but sequestration cuts will compromise force readiness.
The federal strategic sourcing program advanced Oct. 9 with two solicitations from the General Services Administration for bulk purchases, one for janitorial supplies and the other for maintenance equipment. The two solicitations involve products that cost the government more than $1 billion annually, and GSA estimates that strategic sourcing will reduce their cost by 10-20 percent.
Government surveillance drones don't present novel threats to privacy, said military and border officials at the US/Canada Border Conference in September. Air Force Col. Greg Semmel, the installation commander at the Hancock Field Air National Guard Base in Syracuse, N.Y., noted that the Air Force and Air National Guard have used optical sensors to track activity on the ground for decades.
A next generation 30 orbiter Global Positioning System constellation could be had for a few billion dollars less than planned by reducing the number of full GPS III satellites in favor of lower-cost satellites the Air Force is calling NavSats, the military service said in an April 2013 report to Congress.
Between 2000 and 2011, mental health diagnoses rose 65 percent among active duty service members and in 2011 mental disorders accounted for more hospitalizations of service members than any other illness, an Aug. 8 Congressional Research Service report (.pdf) says.
Almost 3,400 civilian military medical workers quit their jobs in the months when furloughs were being carried out, the majority coming from Army medical facilities, an Aug. 28 USA Today report says. Due to sequestration, the DoD faced $37 billion in spending cuts and furloughed about 700,000 civilian workers for 6 days