Rapid Fire 2010-05-12: Cyber Command Gets a Chief

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* Australia delivers its 2010-2011 budget, including the defence budget; more to come. * Aviation Week suspends aviation expert and F-35 critic Bill Sweetman from covering the largest defense program in history. AvWeek issues its statement, as his colleagues note his record of being correct about the program. Our Facebook-related coverage seems timely, again. * Gen. Keith Alexander, current director of the National Security Agency, is confirmed by the US Senate to head the new DoD cyber command at Fort Meade, MD. * US Army PEO Soldier exhibits new equipment for the infantry fight. All useful, but a new/ retrofitted carbine is not part of that equation yet. * US Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announces 5 new principles for naval systems acquisition. But clearly identifying requirements won’t save the shipbuilding program, if the requirements continue to be wrong. * US Navy getting close to Tier II/STUAS award for the ScanEagle’s successor: Insitu’s follow-on Integrator UAV, Raytheon’s Killer Bee 4, or UAS Dynamics’ Storm. * Airbus Military launches the 1st torpedo from a C-295 Maritime Patrol Aircraft variant. Portugal, Chile, and Colombia will all be happy to hear that. * The US Defense Information Systems Agency names new head […]

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