Rapid Fire: 2010-03-17

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* GAO blocks $1 billion contract award to Xe Services, formerly known as Blackwater, to train Afghan police, upholding DynCorp protest. Washington Post | Business Week | GovExec | DynCorp release * European shipbuilder consortium (Fincantieri, Damen, Meyer Werft, STX, Thyssen Krupp) and EU sign grant agreement for 3.5 year BESST (Breakthrough in European Ship and Shipbuilding Technologies) project. * Defense Threat Reduction Agency is looking for industry input for a robotic underground munition that would be an air-dropped mobile platform capable of drilling underground to deliver munitions. FedBizOpps notice | Ubergizmo.com | Tech Journal * USJFCOM tests Lockheed Martin’s Valiant Angel system to sort through full-motion video from UAVs and sensors. * New T-11 parachute doubles the number of paratroopers that can be deployed, according to US Army testing. * L-3 gets $20.9 million order to build 4 F-16 flight simulators for the USAF. * Canada awards C$14.9 million contract to M. Sullivan & Son to build a new 6,139 square meter health center at Canadian Forces Base Kingston.

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