Rapid Fire 2011-03-14: Cerberus Portable Sensor Tower

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* Just how deep is the US Navy’s budget crisis? Very deep, and it will soon spread to the other services. In the Navy’s case, the Congressional Budget Office says it’s underestimating the total cost of its 30-year shipbuilding plan by nearly 20%. That’s actually business as usual, but what if there’s less future money, not more? Information Dissemination asks: Perhaps it’s time for an unbalanced force? * Russia in talks to buy 500 light armored vehicles for $260 million from French defense firm Panhard General Defense. * Up to SEK 1.655 billion (about $260 million) to Saab to provide anti-armor projectiles for the 84mm Carl-Gustaf M3 man-portable weapon system. That’s a lot of rockets. For which customer? They won’t say. * GAO says US Navy failed to consider alternative acquisition approaches to its $50 billion Next-Generation Enterprise Network, which is replacing the Navy Marine Corps Intranet. * US Navy’s forthcoming MQ-4C BAMS long-range surveillance UAV finishes, but does not close out, its system-level Critical Design Review. The Global Hawk derivative is said to remain on schedule. * US Army issues a sources-sought notice for RSTA components for Cerberus portable sensor tower, which is used at forward operating bases. * […]

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