Rapid Fire: 2010-06-07

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* Pakistan to increase its defense spending by 17% in FY 2010-2011 to fund war against Taliban/ al-Qaeda in its “lawless frontier.” * Britain contracting with BAE for a better 5.56mm bullet, under their MASS umbrella contract. Major improvements like 6.5mm Grendel, or 6.8mm SPC, are not under consideration. * Britain commissions HMS Dauntless destroyer into service. Now all it needs are working weapons. * Canada takes delivery of its first C-130J aerial transport, per early delivery contract. * DCNS begins cutting steel for Brazil’s new attack submarines. * “Government in a Box” concept running into difficulties in Marjah, Afghanistan. * Boeing aims to boost international defense sales to 20-25% of total defense revenues, including selling more F-15 and F-18 fighter jets, CH-47 Chinook transport helicopters, AH-64 Apache attack helicopters to Asian countries. * US cyber chief backs talks with Russia to curb cyber warfare. That still leaves China… * New report by the National Academy of Public Administration says US pay-for-performance system for civilian defense intelligence analysts is “seriously flawed.” How flawed is the alternative? * Does Burma want to join the nuclear club? Opposition group thinks so. * Fear the Turtle: University of Maryland, Lockheed Martin to team […]

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