Rapid Fire 2010-08-02: UK Spending Review

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* Slash and Burn: First review of UK military spending in more than a decade could lead to a 25% across the board cut. Meanwhile, the cost of replacing their nuclear deterrent is causing havoc with planning. * WikiLeaks suspect transferred from detention in Kuwait to pre-trial confinement in Virginia – which could take a while. * Germany’s current climate of fiscal austerity appears to have killed any subsidies to build a 6th Dolphin Class submarine for Israel, and may derail efforts to make Israel the launch customer for the MEKO CSL and its flexible payloads. * Czeching for Missiles: Czech prime minister says US-funded early warning center in the country will be part of a NATO missile defense system, and are negotiating to host a related facility. * Southern Exposure: The US is close to activating a partial missile defense system against Iranian missiles in southern Europe with a possible deal to put an X-band radar ground station in Turkey or Bulgaria, the Washington Post reports. * Give Me Some Space: Canadian fighter jets intercepted 2 TU-95 Russian strategic bombers near Canadian airspace, the latest of 50 such incidents in the last 3 years, says Canadian defense minister. * […]

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