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Rapid Fire August 17, 2012: Swiss Armament Exports

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* Hotspots: yesterday 11 American and Afghan troops died in a UH-60 Black Hawk crash in Afghanistan; Pakistani Talibans killed 22 Shite civilians and attacked a Pakistani air force base; more than 100 people died in a wave of attacks in Iraq. * This comes as Syrian rebels threaten to ally with Al-Qaeda if no one else helps them first. * The US Naval War College offers a “war at sea” strategy [PDF] to be able to deter or contain China without escalating into a full-scale conflict a la Air-Sea Battle: “The capacity for sea denial within the first island chain and executing a distant blockade would provide American leadership graduated options before undertaking the potentially escalatory step of strikes on mainland China.” * The Chief of Australia’s Navy Vice Admiral Ray Griggs spoke at the Lowly Institute making the case that we have entered a maritime century [PDF] based on the reliance of global, integrated supply chains on sea lanes. How does that translate for his country’s forces? “Looking through a maritime rather than a continentalist or expeditionary lens at the naval force structure there is one overriding factor in our strategic circumstance, we must have reach and endurance. […]

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