Rapid Fire 2010-07-02: US Naval Unavailability

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* Run down: The Balisle Report offers an alarming picture of a US Navy whose readiness and reliability issues extend far beyond just its new multi-billion dollar LPD-17 program. * Help Wanted: President Obama calls on the private sector to take on more of the civilian tasks in Afghanistan and Iraq, such as building schools and establishing a justice system. Perhaps one day they’ll also get to take on more civilian tasks in America. * Yard Sale: US military sells surplus items to Iraqis, such as trailers, refrigerators, and latrines, as US troops prepare to withdraw. A slew of more serious military stuff is also on the way. * Early Warning: Iran has sent advanced radar systems to Syria to provide early warning for Israeli air sorties against Iranian nuclear facilities, the WSJ reports. That won’t help much if they go through Saudi Arabia. * On the Block?: Applied Signal Technology, a Sunnyvale, CA-based C4ISR supplier to the US military, is seen as the next possible takeover target following Boeing’s agreement to buy Argon ST. * Eurohawk UAV: First flight for Northrop Grumman/EADS RQ-4 ELINT variant. * Laser mine-hunter: ALMDS flight tests have begun. * Can You Hear Me Now?: […]

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