Rapid Fire: 2010-09-21

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* US GAO looks at “hybrid warfare,” and its implications for Pentagon planning. * Across the Pond: French, British defense firms divvy up US biometrics and intelligence services firm L-1 Identity Solutions for a combined $1.6 billion. * US Army sends PEO Soldier engineers into field – to use the gear they’re supplying the Army. Bravo. * Bristol Alloys charged with falsifying documents re: heat-treated metals used in Virginia Class nuclear fast attack submarines. The company is cooperating. On another front, the Navy still doesn’t know why large swatches of sound-absorbing tiles are peeling off of Virginia Class boats. * Sikorsky’s X2 demonstrator hits 250 knots true airspeed in level flight, offering V-22 class speed in a compound helicopter. * Known and Unknown: Former US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld discusses his career and tenure at the Pentagon in his memoir titled Known and Unknown due out in January. * Eurocopter begins flight testing its new Tiger HAD scout and attack helicopter. * Nice Paint Job: North Korean military manual allegedly smuggled out of the country indicates military uses radar-absorbing paint to disguise jet fighters, warships, and tanks. Nothing like that fairy dust… * US Navy moves up orders for double-hulled […]

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