Rapid Fire: 2010-08-25

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* Innovation Slump: Aerospace and defense industry innovation is down, as the number of reported patents dropped to 179 last year from 478 the year prior, according to a Hitachi Consulting survey. * Budget Blitzkrieg: Former German military officials blast the German defense minister’s proposal to eliminate mandatory conscription and reduce the Bundeswehr by a 3rd to cut EUR 8.2 billion from the defense budget. * Frost and Sullivan: The European market for networked unmanned ground vehicles is expected to experience steady growth, with annual revenues of $311 million by 2016. * Continued back-and-forth between the government and Northrop Grumman over the RQ-4 Global Hawk UAV program’s conduct, effectiveness, and satisfaction. * UK receives QinetiQ’s new PASCAT landing craft: a partial hovercraft catamaran. * US Army wants more unified helicopter protection systems. * Beating Up on the Bands: Washington Post columnist Walter Pincus proposes cutting back on the number of US military bands as part of the Pentagon’s effort to slash defense spending. * General Dynamics snags $62 million contract to provide IT support to the US Army Intelligence and Security Command. * IED aftermaths: DoD’s Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) awards a contract worth up to $33 […]

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