Rapid Fire 2010-12-08: Massuchusetts’ Defense Business

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* Wikileaks, and China’s role in North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. * The value of US defense contracts to Massachusetts businesses has almost tripled since 2001, reaching $15.6 billion last year. * Reality disconnect, Example 1,754,348: Gen. Cartwright says the US military must begin to value scale and numbers, not just capabilities. Meanwhile, the proposed Ground Combat Vehicle to replace the M2/M3 Bradley has an expected price of $9-10 million per GCV, and twice the expected per-mile operating cost of a Bradley. Guess they haven’t started yet. * XM25 auto-ranging grenade gun deployed to Afghanistan – but using it as intended seems to violate the Rules of Engagement. * US, Japan back stronger South Korean military stance against North, as US and South Korean military commanders hold talks. * Getting personal: US military does poor job at protecting soldiers’ personal information, warn West Point professors. * Puma team delivers first 2 IFVs to Germany. * Proposed 1.4% pay raise not sitting well with US military personnel. * Tens of thousands of jobs could be cut at EADS because of Germany’s tight defense budget, according to FT Deutschland.

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