Marines Air Chief Nominated For Key Defense Advisory Role
- Created: 05 May 2014
Law360, Washington (February 18, 2014, 8:48 PM ET) -- U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Robert E. Schmidle Jr. has been nominated as principal deputy director of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation, advising Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on the cost and feasibility of planned defense programs, the DOD announced Tuesday.
Schmidle, nominated to fill the CAPE role by President Barack Obama, is currently the Marine Corps’ deputy commandant for aviation, heading up policy for the Corps' aviation units and facilitating their manning, training and equipment, according to the DOD.
CAPE, which has held several names since its establishment in 1961 as the Office of Systems Analysis, works to combine the expertise of about 150 military officers and civilian workers across a range of disciplines with support from contractors to provide private, independent analysis to the defense secretary, according to the agency.
The agency's analysis extends to military plans, programs and budgets, assessing them — often against potential alternatives — on the basis of cost and available resources and whether programs meet defense objectives and policies. It also explores the impact of DOD spending on the U.S economy, it claims, and as such, Schmidle will play a key role in advising Hagel on the future of the military.
Among other duties, CAPE assists with development of joint programming guidance for the DOD, setting out the agency’s future plans, and with the direction of the military’s annual program review, although it does not have any direct decision-making authority.
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Beaufort on track to get 1st F-35 in June
- Created: 27 March 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Marine Corps in South Carolina is getting its first futuristic F-35 fighter jets in June, a commander from the Air Station in Beaufort announced Wednesday.
Marine Air Group 31 commander Col. Bill Leiblien told members of the South Carolina Military Base Task Force that the first of dozens of aircraft and pilots are due to arrive by early to mid-June.
“We will be in full pilot production in October 2014,” Leiblien told the group of several dozen military officers and supporters.
Leiblien said it will take about eight to 10 months to train each pilot on the advanced aircraft, which is both stealthy and supersonic.
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