Rapid Fire 2010-04-29: US Nuclear Posture

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* NATO chief proposes common funding pool for NATO missions and country-specific specialization in major weapon system procurement. * US CSBA rips “flawed logic” [PDF] of USA’s recent nuclear posture review. April 2010 backgrounders also include the related “Meeting the Challenge of a Proliferated World,” [PDF] and “Understanding the Threat of Nuclear Terrorism” [PDF]. * Russia places a military satellite, believed to be a Parus navigation and communications satellite, into orbit aboard a Kosmos 3M rocket. * Lockheed gets $1.5 million to continue lightweight “Kinetic Energy Net” composite armor development, aims to replace metal in aircraft. * Australia formally releases its solicitation for “AIR 9000, Phase 8” to buy naval helicopters: either the NH90 NFH or the MH-60R, decision in 2011. * Japan opens 1st overseas military base in Djibouti, Africa, to combat pirates. * Northrop Grumman delivers 3rd and last Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS) pods to the U.S. Navy ahead of schedule, doesn’t discuss performance issues raised by US GAO. * Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics beat analysts’ quarterly earnings estimates. * USJFCOM, Northrop Grumman extend ISR research accord. * UK, Afghan military engineers partner on 1st joint project to expand Patrol Base Rahim in Nahr-e Saraj to […]

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