Rapid Fire 2010-09-08: Laser Helo Missile Protection

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* Russian analyst offers insights into US, China naval competition in the Pacific and its implications for Russia. * Meanwhile, Taiwan expects its missile defense system to be ready in 2011. * Strategy + Business magazine runs some interviews about the nature of thought leadership with the late Coimbatore Krishnarao (C.K.) Prahalad, whose ideas deeply affected the way we see competition and management. Militaries face the same need for thought leadership, though the key risks involve being fired upon, not just fired. * Laser Show: University of Michigan professor is working on a DARPA-funded laser that could enable helicopter pilots to divert heat-seeking missiles. * Fueling Efficiency: Accenture wins 4-year, $73 million contract to integrate DLA’s $18 billion energy supply chain as part of the company’s business systems modernization (BSM) contract. * Recession Proof: Is the US defense industry headed for a recession? * Indonesia taking delivery of last Russian Flanker-series fighters, under a $300 million contract. * Northrop Grumman begins construction of RQ-4N BAMS maritime UAVs. * Bridge to Where?: Kratos gets 9-month, $11 million bridge contract to continue its engineering and technical support for Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division.

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