Rapid Fire 2010-08-06: Boeing Acquires Argon ST
- USAF 59th Medical Wing Clinical Research division at Lackland AFB, TX are studying vascular injuries and their effects on limbs, based on field experience in Iraq and Afghanistan where these injuries are 75% more common than previous wars. Their subject model suggests that conventional wisdom re: 6 hours to re-establish blood flow to an injured leg may be wrong – anything beyond an hour may be causing problems.
- WikiLeaks identified cooperating Afghans, and will get people killed. These days, there’s also LubyanskaPravda, a series of “top secret” documents said to be from Russia’s FSB (KGB successor), covering operations it has run in former Soviet Republics.
- Biden as Belichick: The US should appoint a “head coach” – such as the vice president – to oversee the government’s efforts to combat weapons of mass destruction, the head of the WMD Commission set up to study the issue tells a US Senate panel.
- The King and I: Military leaders loyal to the Thai King are being placed in top positions in the Thai military as the government moves to counter the “red shirt” movement.
- Boeing and the Argon Buy: Boeing has completed its purchase of Argon ST, a Fairfax, VA-based supplier of military C4ISR systems, for $34.50 per share, or $775 million in cash.
- EXPRESS Service: CSC snags task order worth up to $104 million to provide technology integration and engineering support to the US Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center under the $7.7 billion EXPRESS contract vehicle.
- US Lobbying firms upset that late filers under the Lobbying Disclosure Act will now be named publicly. Life is tough. Bring a helmet.
- Boeing announces receipt of the first new AN/APG-82v1 AESA radar, which will be retrofitted to American F-15s.
- 10th Mountain Division becomes the 6th US Army unit to field the new CH-47F Chinook.
- ESCO Technologies gets 5-year contract worth up to $35 million to supply anti-icing valves for the T700 engine used in US Army’s UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters.
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