Rapid Fire Dec. 18, 2012: Russian Armament Exports
- Russian President Vladimir Putin says his country will export more than $14B worth of arms in 2012. Their military sales doubled to $10B from 2005 to 2010, but while growth continued to be steady in past years it is now slowing down, as new orders in 2012 amounted to about $15B. Reuters | RIA Novosti | Voice of Russia.
- US Senator Daniel K. Inouye [D-HI] passed away yesterday at age 88. A bona fide WWII war hero, he was the Senate’s president pro tempore and the Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations as well as its Defense subcommittee. Patrick Leahy [D-VT] succeeds him as the Senate’s most senior member, and is likely to also take the committee chair. Statement from Sen. Inouye’s office | NYT | WaPo.