Rapid Fire 2010-04-09: USAF Fighter Life Extension

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* 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. [youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ao1rZkylLfI] 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 […]

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