Rapid Fire 2011-09-15: Australia, Canada Defence Procurement Cooperation

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* The US Army is looking to change its physical fitness test (shorter but harder), and may add a combat readiness test before deploying. Army readers, you may want to adjust your PT. * Leadership failure: A Marine Corporal and a US Army Captain charge together into enemy fire, repeatedly, to retrieve their fellow soldiers’ bodies. The Marine is getting the Medal of Honor. The Army Captain… nothing?!? Wouldn’t want to make the officers in the TOC, who denied them fire support, look bad. * Australia and Canada will now work together on mutual defense procurement issues (vid. Australia transcript | Canada release). The F-35 fighter program’s cost & schedule risks, and their respective problems with their unready Collins Class and Victoria Class submarine fleets, are obvious places to start. * The UK’s DSTL introduces its latest research project: Super Bainite perforated armoring steel. It will be manufactured in Britain by India’s Tata Steel. * Boeing hands Australia the keys to its 5th C-17A heavy airlifter, while L-3 assumes responsibility of RAAFB Amberley’s C-17 Training System for pilots, loadmasters and maintenance personnel. * Who let the dogs out? Gen. Petraeus. Now the US Army (TEDD) and USMC (IDD) each have […]

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