Rapid Fire 2011-03-21: Russia’s 5th Gen Nuclear Subs

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* US general says international forces control skies over Libya after weekend Tomahawk cruise missile and US, French and British fighter jet and bomber strikes. * Russia’s 5th generation nuclear subs will be armed with both ballistic and cruise missiles, say Navy sources. * Russian Navy plans to order up to 10 Graney-class nuclear-powered multipurpose attack submarine by 2020, Navy official says. * Thales Canada gets C$11 million contract to supply Canada’s Navy and Coast Guard with the Interdepartmental Maritime Integrated Command, Control and Communications (IMIC3) system, which will be integrated into 12 Kingston-class coastal defense ships, as well as other vessels, onshore stations, and portable units. * The Canadian Department of National Defense is building a C$4.2 million 662-square-meter facility to house an Integrated Personnel Support Centre at Canadian Force Base Halifax. * VA, unions reach collective bargaining agreement – the first since 1997 – that changes rules on teleworking and expands the use of IT in labor-management relations; Army agrees not to outsource military health care billing to contractors.

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