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Rapid Fire: 2010-01-29

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* Forecast International: Gulf States will continue to drive Middle Eastern defense spending. See also Documental’s 2008 forecast. * A Greener American Quadrennial Defense Review? * From offshoring, to the business case for “backshoring” manufacturing. * Australia’s difficult FFG-7 frigate upgrade: that’s a wrap. * Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling wants bayonet training dropped – but the British had to use them in Iraq. See the US Army’s own assessment of that fight. * Blimpgate? Former USAF official alleges USA was deprived of counter-IED monitoring when a former Space Command General illegally countermanded a direct order by former USAF chief of staff Gen. Jumper. * More on LPD-17 San Antonio Class failures: full statements from Northrop Grumman & US Navy offices. * US Navy releases RFP for yet another Littoral Combat Ship program revision. * Congressional statement of Congressional Budget Office’s Eric J. Labs, on the Long-Term Outlook for the U.S. Navy’s Fleet. * USAF Gen. Chilton: Space debris “out of control.” * Japan’s C-X/ XC2 aerial transport flies. See video. * Canada’s SAR aircraft competition: progress in the spring? * Russia still trying to develop a MALE (Medium Altitude, Long Endurance) UAV, while hedging its bets with Israel.

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