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Rapid Fire 2011-10-19: 2012 US Army Soldier Portfolio

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* The Army published a commercial-quality multimedia catalog of soldier gear, complete with individual program statuses. [PDF, Flash, Quicktime]. * The U.S. State Department continues to jawbone NATO missile defense, the key issue – as ever – being Russia’s reaction and Europe’s reaction to Russia’s reaction. * Admiral Bernard Rogel, Chief of Staff of France’s Navy told the parliamentary armed forces committee on that country’s capability: “the format of our navy is barely sufficient to meet the defense and security ambitions of our country.” Rogel joins U.S. and U.K. defense officials in the race to convince legislatures of their finance abject conditions. * Congressman Mike Coffman (R-CO) called again for stockpiling rare earth metals.

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