AUSA 2021: Pentagon eyes new ‘rapid fielding' experimentation series for 2023
12 October 2021
by Daniel Wasserbly
The US Department of Defense (DoD) is plotting to begin a series of technology experiments in fiscal year 2023 (FY 2023) to consider a variety of rapid fielding projects, and is seeking FY 2022 funding to get the effort started, according to the Pentagon's chief technology officer.
Heidi Shyu, undersecretary of defence for research and engineering (OUSD(R&E)), said on 12 October that her office has mapped capability gaps and plans a set of experiments intended to inform which prototypes might move ahead.
Series of ‘causal factors' resulted in fire risk and damage to amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard, US Navy report finds
21 October 2021
by Michael Fabey
A series of “causal factors” led to the fire risk and damage of the amphibious assault ship USS
(LHD 6), a US Navy investigation found.
Different categories of “causal factors … allowed for the accumulation of significant risk and led to an ineffective fire response” for the 12 July 2020 blaze that caused the damage and eventual decommissioning of the amphibious assault ship USS
(LHD 6), according to the US Pacific Fleet Command Investigation released on 20 October.
The DGA received the first upgraded FLF,
on 13 September.
(Ministère des Armées)
Upgrade work on the first-of-class Frégate de type La Fayette (FLF) La Fayette-class frigate began on 4 October, the Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, announced on its website on 15 October.
Three of the French Navy's five FLFs are being upgraded:
Courbet, La Fayette,
The DGA received the first upgraded FLF frigate,
Japan spots Chinese and Russian warships sailing through the Tsugaru Strait for the first time
19 October 2021
by Kosuke Takahashi & Gabriel Dominguez
Chinese and Russian warships have been spotted for the first time sailing through international waters at the Tsugaru Strait located between Japan's main islands of Honshu and Hokkaido, the Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced on 18 October.
The MoD said it is the first time that the ministry spotted Chinese and Russian warships going through the strait simultaneously. It noted that a total of 10 ships were identified.
The MoD said Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force minesweepers JS
How to become an effective leader with Lt Col Langley Sharp
In this episode of the Janes podcast, Lt Col Langley Sharp shares lessons learned in leadership from his career in the Parachute Regiment which has seen him deployed to Northern Ireland, Macedonia, Afghanistan and Iraq. Among his many varied rol...