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29 November 2011


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TRAP is a mission the ACE trains for all the time. Bread and butter. Other recovery options involving SOF are another way to go, mission dependent. Navy helos are now in the game with their armed H-60s. I think it is the case that the USAF doesn't want to not be able to do this on their own, for aircrew warm & fuzzy. And Vietnam stats are hauled out. And so speaking of CAIV...

It's the "now" in "With cost as an independent variable...we must now seek the synergies and possibilities of capabilities that are integrated and combined in innovative ways" that is curious. All of these buzzwords have swirled around the acq system for decades now, as you note. We have certainly been seeking synergies, etc all along. Rather more seeking than capitalizing, in fact. I smell more of the same. Inauspicious boilerplate out of the new CJCS...

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