Rapid Fire 2010-06-28: Bad UAV Billing

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* Anosognosia: What does a bank robber who smears lemon juice on his face to defeat video cameras, have to do with Donald Rumsfeld and the management of complex engineering projects? * Pentagon waking up to reality that having interest payments nearly the size of the defense budget just for America’s acknowledged debts might be a security problem; USAF debating cuts to existing fleets. * Doesn’t Add Up: AeroVironment, maker of the Raven, Wasp, and Dragon Eye UAVs, discloses that the US Department of Justice is investing its billing practices for government contracts going back to FY 2006. * Bagram Bribes: 2 Afghan trucking companies agree to pay $4.4 million in fines after pleading guilty to bribing US officials to get contracts at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. * Iran’s Nukes: CIA Director Panetta says Iran has enough uranium for 2 nuclear weapons. * Losing Control: US, South Korea agree to extend deadline for US to relinquish wartime control of South Korean troops from 2012 to 2015. * Pakistan’s new F-16 Block 52 fighters, refurbished P-3C Orion sea control aircraft arrive. * Luxembourg chooses the RB57 NLAW shoulder-fired anti-armor missile. * France consolidating Rafale training, basing. * Britain’s new Hawk TMk2 […]

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