Rapid Fire: 2010-10-29

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* Raytheon, L-3 post higher than expected profits, despite cutback in defense programs. * UK foreign security delivers to Parliament the first quarterly report on Afghanistan, noting that the Afghan National Security Forces are expected to number 260,000 by the end of 2010. * Australian Department of Defense plans to invest A$1.6 billion in 48 force protection measures for troops in Afghanistan over the next three years; also, department releases redacted secret defense brief. * Oops!: In a campaign flyer, a North Carolina state legislator uses a photo of reenactors in WWII-era German uniforms to tout his pro-US military stance. * What happened to those nukes?: US military is looking into an incident in which the USAF lost communication for 45 minutes with 50 ICBMs siloed in the northern US. * As a result of bankruptcy reorganization, Russia’s Energia Overseas Limited will take majority ownership of Sea Launch, which provides satellite launch services from its sea-based platform at the equator.

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