Rapid Fire 2011-03-11: Pakistan’s Military

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* Pakistan’s military wants more F-16s, plus Chinese submarines to go with its new French boats, and a joint submarine development venture. These plans are all being made against a backdrop of a serious domestic insurgency and widespread flooding damage, which have combined to create over 1 million internal refugees, and threaten the government’s medium term ability to maintain control of the country. Even as the state is very obviously fraying in other ways, and the military’s ability to play a constructive role is coming into serious question. * “Weapons and the Art of Diplomacy” discusses WikiLeaks revelations and the role of American diplomatic staff in promoting arms buys and other transactions. Oddly, they included Thailand’s case, but left out Norway. * EADS returns to profitability; A400M airlifter program gets new chief; Eurocopter snags 68 new helicopter orders. * Senate Armed Services Committee launches probe into counterfeit military electronic parts following Commerce Department study [PDF]. * GAO report [PDF] says key questions on the Army’s ground combat vehicle (GCV) program need to be answered, including how urgently the GCV is needed, the robustness of the analysis of alternatives, its cost and affordability, plausibility of its schedule, and whether mature technologies […]

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