Rapid Fire 2011-07-27: China’s Aicraft Carrier Intentions
- The Vice Chiefs of Staff tell the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness that a decade of conflict has erodedÂ operational preparedness. Concerns were also raised regarding the impact of $400 billion worth of defense cuts upon equipment. A video of the hearing is available below in the extended part of this entry. DODbuzz summary.
- ChinaÂ officially confirmsÂ for the first time that it is in pursuit of an aircraft carrier program. Reports also emerge that theÂ development of two indigenous carriersÂ is now underway. Meanwhile, the country follows up its strategic dialogue with South Korea by resuming defense talks – and eventually military exchanges – with Japan.
- Reports emerge that the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) hasÂ spent almost Â£1 billionÂ ($1.6 billion) on taxpayer-funded credit cards over the past four years. The news followsÂ recent announcementsÂ concerning the reduction of UK troop levels.
- Russian Prime Minister Vladimir PutinÂ demands the prompt completionÂ of the remaining 30% of contracts under 2011 state arms procurement program.
- EADS’ Airbus subsidiaryÂ announcesÂ that it has made a bid to acquire Denmark’sÂ Satair. Airbus has offered $504 million for the aircraft parts manufacturer and hopes to complete the acquisition in the third quarter of this year.
- General DynamicsÂ awardedÂ a Â£110 million ($180 million)Â BowmanÂ ComBAT Information and Platform BISA (BCIP) Sustainment Programme contract by the UK MoD. The contract will include the migration from BCIP 5.4 capability to BCIP 5.5 capability within two years.
- The US Army awardsÂ MSE Technology ApplicationsÂ with a contract with a potential value of almost $23 million forÂ basic researchÂ related to missile and space systems.
Subcommittee Chairman J. Randy Forbes (R-VA) held a hearing with Generals Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. (USMC), Philip M. Breedlove (USAF), Peter W. Chiarelli (US Army) and Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert (US Navy).