DOD Missing Out of Another Market? Impact of the Super Tucano “Decision”

03/16/2012
While military exports to the U.S. and elsewhere would help, they may not be pivotal, Curado said. Embraer now gets half of its defense sales from the domestic market and sees this slice growing to as much as 75 percent in the next few years, he said. “There’s an opportunity…

An Open Letter to General Schwartz on the Light Air Support Aircraft

03/08/2012
by Ed Timperlake Please do not validate that the AT-6 was compliant when submitted for LAS Solicitation FA8615-10-R-6088” by allowing your investigators to focus exclusively on the end-game selection paperwork. “There will be hell to pay” USAF Chief of Staff General Norton Schwartz was recently quoted about possible results depending…

Brazil’s Reaction to the USAF “Decision” on the Super Tucano

03/07/2012
by Kenneth Maxwell The decision of the US Air Force to cancel the $355 million contract, to buy 20 Super Tucano Single engine turboprop planes from the Brazilian company Embraer, has been meet with dismay in Brazil. The story has been headlined in the Brazilian press. The Brazilians have attributed…

The USAF and the Afghan Transition: Losing It?

03/07/2012
by Robbin Laird Two decisions close in time interconnect to raise serious questions regarding the role of the USAF in blocking, impeding and making impossible a transition strategy in Afghanistan. At this point, there are three options for US forces in Afghanistan: languish, leave or leverage. The languish options will…

An Update from Brazil on the Super Tucano “Decision”

03/07/2012
There has been continuing overage in Brazil of the Super Tucano disaster. Recently, William Burns was in Rio to prepare for visit of Dilma Rousseff in April. He was quoted as saying by the "Folha de Sao Paulo" that the US was "still interested" in Super Tucano and also said…

SuperTucano Vs AT-6: The “Smoking Hole”

03/01/2012
by Ed Timperlake "While we pursue perfection, we sometimes fall short, and when we do we will take corrective action," said Air Force Secretary Michael Donley, in a statement Tuesday (Feb 28, 2012). The USAF just withdrew their selection of the SuperTucano for the Afghan Army Air Force LAS. Numerous…

A Letter from Congressman West: Where is the Support for Our Afghan Ally?

03/01/2012
Congressman Allen West has written a letter to Secretary of the USAF Donley. He has requested a sense of what the USAF is going to do to deal EXPEDITIOUSLY with a glaring need.  The Afghans need the kind of fighting equipment that helps them and helps us make the transition…

USAF Background Paper on the Light Air Support Decision

01/25/2012
01/25/2012 by Ed Timperlake We are publishing a USAF background paper currently circulating on the Hill.  It validates everything we have written on Second Line of Defense for more than a year about the LAS competition. The USAF is circulating a paper on the Hill that clearly lays out for…