Rapid Fire 2011-04-01: Mobile Counter IED

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* Huntington Ingalls Industries begins trading on New York Stock Exchange after Northrop Grumman completes the $6.7 billion spinoff of shipbuilding subsidiary. * UK military’s antiquated information systems for logistics supply chain management have resulted in delays of supplies to front-line troops, says UK National Audit Office. * China’s National Defense in 2010 white paper stresses “defensive” nature of military buildup, criticizes US for selling weapons to Taiwan. Criticism of Chinese weapon sales to rogue regimes like Zimbabwe, Myanmar, Sudan, et. al. is mysteriously absent. * House Armed Services Committee chairman warns that NATO might have to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya for a decade. Would it? * The global military communications market reached $15.9 billion in 2010, according to Visiongain report. * NATO plans to deploy mobile counter-IED labs by the end of year. * AAR snags $27 million order to supply specialized shelters to the US Army’s Standard Automotive Tool Set program. * Pratt & Whitney secures $6.8 million USAF contract extension to maintain the F100-PW-220E engines powering the Italian Air Force’s F-16 fighter jets. Intended as temporary gap-fillers, those F-16s are currently seeing action over Libya.

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