The United States and India agreed to resume the search in northeastern India for the remains of US military personnel lost in aircraft crashes during World War II, announced the Defense Department on June 5. DOD estimates that there are approximately 400 unaccounted-for US military personnel from some 90 aircraft crashes in the area during the war. “This is a critical step toward bringing home our service members lost during World War II,” stated Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Tuesday. He added, “The United States and India, working together, can help provide comfort to the families of Americans who were lost during the war.” The United States has information on 16 known crash sites and continues to develop information on others, according to DOD’s release. Panetta, on the back end of his Asia trip, arrived in India on June 5 for meetings with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Indian National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon.
Unlike nearly every other innovative technology throughout history, Maj. Gen. DeAnna M. Burt believes the space enterprise emerged backward. “Every other domain started with an entrepreneur who built something,” Burt, the special assistant to the Chief of Space Operations, told an audience at AFA’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference.