Rapid Fire 2011-11-10: AIR-SEA-PPT | Steel Sourcing | Cluster Munitions

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* US NAVAIR performs the 1st steam catapult launch of its carrier-borne F-35C Lightning II fighter, from its land testing facility at NAS Patuxent River, MD. Short video at the bottom of this entry. * Should the US DoD be restricted to buying only steel melted in the US? * The Pentagon presented its tentative Air-Sea Battle doctrine which will be developed by the creatively-named Air-Sea Battle Office (ASBO). Andrew Krepinevich, president of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) likes it, though that’s hardly surprising. Two elephants in the room: China, and the US Army. More: DOD Buzz | Defense News | Washington Times | Information Dissemination. * Australia accepts its 3rd of 4 A330 MRTT/KC-30A aerial refueling tankers, at RAAFB Amberley. * Republican US Senators Jon Kyl (AZ) and Richard Lugar (IN) sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to lean in favor of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) rather than the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM). The point of contention: how to regulate cluster munitions. * Republicans and Democrats are leaking their respective outlines of what the Super Committee could enact to meets its deficit reduction goals, with its deadline looming in […]

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