Rapid Fire 2011-01-03: Washington State’s Defense Industry

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* The Harmony Project – Combating Terrorism Center at West Point releases “Self-Inflicted Wounds: Debates and Divisions within al-Qa’ida and its Periphery.” If you want a snapshot of the war from the other side, this is an excellent starting place. * North Korea has added battle tanks based on the old Soviet Union T-72 to its arsenal and boosted its special forces, artillery pieces, and weapons of mass destruction over the past 2 years, according to South Korea’s 2010 defense white paper. All that said, the South would wipe the floor with them in a full-on war – but at the cost of Seoul. * Washington state defense contractors are adjusting to lower defense spending. * Regulatory paperwork causes Airbus to miss it 2010 target for fielding Australia’s KC-30 aerial tanker. * Canada deploys its initial CC-130J Hercules tactical transport aircraft at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan. * The XB-70 Valkyrie was almost the 1st nuclear-powered bomber. * Egypt resisted US pressure to refocus its military to counter “asymmetric threats,” such as terrorism, weapons smuggled into Gaza, and piracy, leaked cable shows. * MIKEL, a Fall River, MA-based sonar signal processing firm, gets a $9.1 million contract to provide research automation […]

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