Rapid Fire 2010-10-11: India to Launch Mil Sats

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* Follow the Money: US Senate report [PDF] charges that private security contractors in Afghanistan have funneled money to Afghan warlords and Taliban activities; Pentagon says [PDF] it is revamping its contracting practices. * Southern California aerospace suppliers large and small see spending cuts and closures ahead. Nearly 5,500 California firms with a total current workforce of more than 130,000. * Israel signs the formal Letter of Agreement with Lockheed Martin for 20 F-35A fighters. * US and Chinese defense chiefs meet in Hanoi as Vietnam displays military forces, beefs up its submarine and fighter force to counter China’s moves in the South China Sea. * Portugal isn’t happy with the readiness rates for its EH101 search-and-rescue helicopters. Canada and Britain (vid. Jan 28/08 entry) have reported similar problems. * Brazil won’t pick its future fighter until after the coming election. Unless the election’s results change from current polls, however, it probably won’t make a difference. * US GAO dismisses US Aerospace’s KC-X protest, leaving just Boeing and EADS to compete for the aerial tanker order. The question is, was US Aerospace’s bid ever anything more than a stunt? * US Maritime Sealift Command inducts new double-hulled State Class tanker […]

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