Rapid Fire: 2010-11-30
- Afghan poppy production down by half, creating heroin shortages on Britain’s streets. Pity. That pleospora papaveracea sure is potent. Nothing like having a lot of Taliban foreigners traipsing through the poppy fields, to ensure that outbreaks spread…
- Closing the barn door: DoD tightens information security controls in the wake of WikiLeaks data breach.
- Pentagon chief Gates seeks to trim US military health care costs, which total $50 billion per year. TRICARE has a number of serious problems, which must be solved to keep the service sustainable, and avoid gutting the future defense procurement budget.
- Cybersecurity Down Under: BAE Systems acquires Australian cybersecurity firm stratsec.net for A$24 million.
- Israel’s armor firm Plasan and Britain’s Q-Flo collaborate on TorTech Nano Fibers Ltd., a joint venture to produce carbon nanotube fibers.
- Research and Markets: The 100 largest contractors account for 70% of US government contract spending.
- MBDA/Eurosam’s SAMP/T air defense system uses Aster-30 missile, Arabel radar for Europe’s first ballistic missile interception. SAMP/T entered French service in October 2010.
- Raytheon gets $43 million delivery order to supply 57 Common Sensor Payload electro-optical and sensor systems to the US Army.
- L-3 gets $24.1 million contract to supply flight trainers for F/A-18C fighters to Kuwait.
- USMC Lt. Gen. John F. Kelly’s Nov 13/10 speech to the Semper Fi Society [HTML | PDF], 4 days after his son, 2nd Lt. Robert M. Kelly, was killed in action in Afghanistan during his 3rd combat tour with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines. It’s the men behind the weapons…
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