There was some hope, over the past few months, that the presence of an international armada off Somalia was having a serious positive impact on pirate attacks. It turns out, however, that this may have been optimistic.
1. No more F-22s. 2. Replacement Air Force bomber delayed indefinitely. 3. Ballistic missile defense funding leans toward the Navy. 4. Aircraft carrier acquisition slowed, with the fleet eventually dropping to 10 carriers. 5. Next generation cruiser (CGX) delayed indefinitely. 6. VH-71 Presidential helicopter dead. 7. No more than three DDG-1000, and maybe only one. 8. Future Combat Systems funding slashed.
North Korea tested a Taepodong-2 ballistic missile over the weekend, and the results were not positive. In addition to incurring further world condemnation, the North Koreans managed to deploy the payload (a small satellite) into the middle of the Pacific Ocean.