Rapid Fire: 2010-03-29

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* NATO chief urges missile defense system against rogue states, calls on Russia to join. Reuters | Bloomberg | Haaretz * UK MoD gives go ahead for full production of the 5th Astute Class nuclear-powered fast attack submarines, early material & equipment buys for #6. * Two if by sea: Honeywell lights LAMPS for US Navy. * DynCorp to maintain Royal Saudi helicopter fleet under US Army contract worth up to $43.1 million. * SAIC snags $26 million order to provide IT to Walter Reed Army hospital. * The Heritage Foundation calls on Congress for 1 day to walk to work, skip lunch, turn off Blackberries, and debate by candlelight, all to simulate an EMP attack. Like that’s going to happen (without another snowstorm). * Pentagon revamps Afghan deployment strategy so US troops can develop regional expertise; Canada confirms Afghan troop withdrawal in 2011. * USMC contract to Israel Military Industries for their Foot-Mobile Assault Bridge. For a better understanding of why that matters in Afghanistan, and the challenges faced by the USMC in theater, see below:

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