Rapid Fire: 2010-04-13

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* Polish AF Tu-154M Lux crash: the political ripples in Poland, as crash theories swirl. The “black boxes” were recovered, and technical problems appear to have been ruled out early. * Financial crisis creating ripples of defense cuts and reorgnizations in Europe. But then, that trend is nothing new. * German military restructuring could free up troops to send abroad. * More fallout from the 2006 war in Lebanon: Israel upgrading its Centurion based Puma heavy assault vehicle. * 8th Special Operations Sqn. CV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor crashes in Zabul province, killing 4; cause not currently known. * Britain’s Labour Party backtracks on Trident submarine reduction pledge, as election looms. * BAE Systems tops list of international arms supplier, according to Stockholm research institute. * Boeing discusses role in GPS-III’s OCX ground control contract. * Homicide bombers: suicide as strategy, or just strategic suicide? * US reopens Manas air base in Kyrgyzstan, backs interim government. Radio Free Europe | AFP | Voice of America * US military’s green projects, including spray foam insulation for Army tents, are expected to save the Pentagon $1.6 billion.

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