LtCol P is taking a well-deserved break. Enjoy your break sir! Now for some light reading:
Over at the Cipher Brief, Bennett Seftel asks the eternal question ‘Should I stay or should I go now?’
Rampant corruption in Afghanistan and the county’s dire economic state are two other pitfalls that have hampered efforts to stabilize the country. In a February interview with The Cipher Brief, John Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, called Afghanistan “one of the most corrupt countries in the world” and said that “In Afghanistan corruption is endemic, it’s institutionalized.” Ridding the country of its rampant corruption and ensuring proper oversight on reconstruction projects would go a long way to putting Afghanistan on sustained economic footing.
The unemployment rate in Afghanistan has steadily risen in recent years, reaching a staggering 40 percent in 2015. The World Bank ranked Afghanistan as 183rd out of 190 with regard to the ease of doing business, indicating that the regulatory environment for starting or operating a business in Afghanistan is extremely difficult. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) categorized Afghanistan’s economic activity as “weak” and concluded that the economic outlook for 2016 and beyond “remains very difficult.”
The Marines are busy testing new ammo.
“On a .50-caliber pallet, we think we can save 1,000 pounds per pallet,” Williford said.
If it were the Army, saving 1,000 pounds means you can add 1,500 pounds of crap to Joe’s load. Hopefully the F-35 can offset the growing naval arms race with Russia.
Russia has ordered 18 Karakurt (Project 22800) ships and six are already under construction in three shipyards. This is a new class of coastal corvette that is more capable on the open seas. Some of them are being built in the Crimean shipyards Russia acquired in 2014 when they basically took Crimea from Ukraine.