Need helicopter back-up during a firefight in Afghanistan? There’s an app for that.
No, seriously. In September, U.S. Marine Corps pilots started testing iPads to coordinate close-air missions, cutting the time required to pinpoint troop and enemy locations from minutes to seconds. According to the Los Angeles Times, iPads, iPhones and other consumer devices could soon become as common on the battlefield as “helmets, canteens and rifles.”
Douglas Kennett, a longtime public relations practitioner with more than four decades experience, has been selected to receive the 2011 Lauren D. Lyman Award for outstanding achievement in aerospace communications.
As a U.S. Air Force public affairs officer for nearly thirty years, Kennett held many senior assignments including spokesman for U.S. forces in the United Kingdom, director of media relations for the Air Force and director of Defense Information at the Pentagon. Retiring to join McDonnell Douglas Corporation in 1996, he coordinated the surprise announcement of the merger late that year with The Boeing Company. He…
The announcement this afternoon that the supercommittee cannot reach agreement to avoid sequestration is of grave concern. At stake are $1.2 trillion in across-the-board budget cuts hitting the Defense Department, NASA, FAA and other federal programs. The Defense Department will need to start applying cuts to the fiscal year 2013 budget immediately and job losses will increase as the Pentagon is forced to halt work. AIA will continue to make sure that the impacts to our nation, economy and industry are well understood by all Americans.