Rapid Fire: 2010-07-22 | IED Detection

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* Diamond Anniversary: On the 60th anniversary of North Korea’s invasion of the South, the US and South Korea send North Korea a “gift” of tougher sanctions in response to March 26 sinking of ROKS Cheonan (PCC-772), a Pohang-class patrol combat corvette. * T-Rays: Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are developing teraherz-based technology to detect IEDs and other explosives; DARPA is also harnessing terahertz frequencies to improve electronics. * Too Pricey?: The IDF expresses concern about the costs of procuring the Iron Dome rocket/artillery defense system, which completed final testing this week. * I-95 Gridlock: Virginia officials are asking the US federal government for $406 million to finance road construction to accommodate the 20,000 defense workers being relocated along the I-95 corridor as a result of BRAC implementation. * ITAR, You TAR: US technology export restrictions under ITAR could cost the US its lead in UAV technology, warns Northrop Grumman CEO. * Stanley in Arlington, VA secures 2 US Navy contracts totalling $11 milllion: one to provide software that will enable special op forces to send e-mails via radios and the other to provide engineering support to the Naval Sea Logistics Center in Mechanicsburg, PA.

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