Rapid Fire: 2010-06-02

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* Australia details of A$ 1.1 billion in multi-year plans for equipment to protect deployed soldiers. * Frost & Sullivan: Military demand for satellite capacity contributes to industry’s resurgence. * As the military and intelligence turn to the web and wikis, scientists wonder: what effect does that have on brain activity and comprehension? * HMAS Dechaineux returns to service, doubling Australia’s operational submarine fleet. * Australian troops to get new “Tiered Body Armour System” soon. * Software glitch highlights US military’s heavy reliance on GPS-based navigation systems used in weapons and vehicles, a reliance that could make these systems vulnerable to disruption, warns defense expert. * A murder of CROWS: EOS, Northrop Grumman look to dethrone Kongsberg in coming CROWS-3 competition. * US Marines train with Romanian troops using non-lethal weapons such as pepper spray and Tasers. * USJFCOM meeting grapples with radiofrequency spectrum management issues posed by proliferation of UAVs.

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