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Rapid Fire 2012-01-13: Avoiding Midair Collissions

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* US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said yesterday that the US Army stationed in Europe will replaces 2 brigade combat teams with rotational units. * The Pentagon is going to discuss with other government agencies on how to deal with international dealings that appear commercial in nature but may bring defense considerations into play. This follows a letter sent by Congressman Randy Forbes (R-VA) expressing concern that joint ventures such as GE/AVIC might lead to sensitive tech ending up in Chinese military equipment. * The latest Approach [PDF] is focused on Near-Midair Collisions (NMAC), whose number has been slowly creeping up to about 50 a year, according to the Naval Safety Center’s data. After a near encounter by just 10 feet between his FA-18E Super Hornet and a Predator UAV, CDR Richard Rivera offers some advice on deconfliction that includes not relying solely on instrumentation and keeping your eyes peeled. * US Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), member of the Armed Services and Appropriations committees, addressed the Surface Navy Association Annual Symposium by expressing her concern on the Navy’s shipbuilding plans and the number of available ships. * The US House Armed Services Committee is back in business next week […]

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