Rapid Fire 2010-12-14: Japan’s Submarines

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* Sub-stantial increase: Japan to increase submarine force to 22 from current 16, build army bases on smaller islands, and develop quick-reaction capabilities, according to a defense policy document expected to be approved this week. Nation-wide deployment of Patriot PAC-3 missile batteries is also part of the shift. * Six Sigma: Defense firms should implement Six Sigma processes as they downsize, recommends L-3 VP of Operations Bruce Weinberg. * Brazil’s Embraer creates Defense and Security unit, aims to branch beyond aerospace into electronics as well. * Carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt [CVN 71] installs upgraded propellers and shafts, marking a key milestone in its RCOH overhaul. * USAF releases its report investigating the fatal July 28/10 crash of a C-17 in Alaska. * Research and Markets: Demand for UAVs to shift from military to commercial applications. * Up to $250 million to CAE to provide KC-135 tanker crew training services at 13 USAF bases. * Spending money: Global Defense Technology Systems in McLean, VA secures a $100 million revolving credit line to fund growth and acquisitions.

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