Is the prospect of facing a Congressional inquiry over whether he soft-pedaled the Administration’s role in the Air Force’s tanker controversy driving Pentagon Inspector General Joseph E. Schmitz out the door? Possibly, says the Los Angeles Times. Schmitz announced last week that he will leave DOD as of Sept. 9. He’s going to work for the parent company of Blackwater USA, a private defense contracting firm. According to the Times, Republican Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa sent letters to Schmitz this summer saying he was the “focus of a Congressional inquiry” regarding several matters, including his report on the Boeing tanker deal. Schmitz sent his report to the White House for review. Read our article on the tanker controvery here.
March 4, 2024
The Air Force has published images of an operational hypersonic Air-Launched Rapid-Response Weapon (ARRW) in Guam; a disclosure possibly meant to send a message to China but which raises questions about the future of the ARRW, which the Air Force insists it is not planning to procure in quantity.