Rapid Fire 2010-04-09: USAF Fighter Life Extension
- USAF eyeing service life extensions for old fighters, as the aging aircraft problem continues to bite.
- Pentagon chief says overdue US national security strategy document expected in the next few weeks.
- NATO suspends flights from the US air base in Kyrgyzstan as a result of political unrest in capital; opposition leader says no plans to change US lease accord.
- Iran manages to buy and smuggle record-breaking Bradstone Challenger speedboat, despite weak sanctions attempts, as the basis of a new attack boat class.
- US, Brazil to sign military cooperation agreement, which will include military equipment exchanges and US Navy ship visits to Brazilian ports. Reuters | Associated Press
- Navistar International ups its 2010 outlook based on increased military orders. Reuters | Associated Press | MarketWatch
- Kratos secures $51 million contract to provide support for SPAWAR tactical data link systems.
- General Dynamics gets $20 million contract from Boeing to supply composite components for the C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft.
In the wake of “The New Rules of War,” a recent Foreign Policy magazine article about the proper structure for America’s military, The Hoover Institution hosts John Arquilla and Victor Davis Hanson to discuss the future force, and issues with America’s current approach to military procurement and force structure.