🔷 Saved Rounds! 4.30.24

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They Said It
"They came up with a really cool idea of taking an air-to-ground weapon and doing a ground-launched version of it, and it would be a long-range fire weapon…and so then we sent it to Ukraine. It didn't work."

Bill LaPlante, the Pentagon’s lead weapons buyer, on the harsh realities of conflict and trying to rush tech into the theater without consideration to tactics, training, doctrine, or the operational environment (i.e., heavy jamming).

Though he didn’t name the company or system, the only known system that meets the description is the Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB).

Word of the Week

ITAR: The International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) is a set of US regulations that restrict and control the export of defense and military-related technology and is generally viewed as an onerous process (aka a huge pain in the ass).

Why it matters: The US announced plans to exempt the UK and Australia from ITAR to increase technology sharing.

In that Number

$620 million

UK government unveiled a $620 million weapons package for Ukraine, which includes more Storm Shadow cruise missiles

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Zoom in

US election season is coming, which means turnover in the Pentagon’s corps of civilian appointees. With new leaders come fresh ideas. The problem is that almost no one takes the time to aggregate previous work, assess progress and blockers, and formulate a plan that results in moving the ball down the field.

Zoom in here to learn more about the growing crisis of repetition and how it impacts national security.

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