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Rapid Fire Dec. 18, 2012: Russian Armament Exports

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* Russian President Vladimir Putin says his country will export more than $14B worth of arms in 2012. Their military sales doubled to $10B from 2005 to 2010, but while growth continued to be steady in past years it is now slowing down, as new orders in 2012 amounted to about $15B. Reuters | RIA Novosti | Voice of Russia. * US Senator Daniel K. Inouye [D-HI] passed away yesterday at age 88. A bona fide WWII war hero, he was the Senate’s president pro tempore and the Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations as well as its Defense subcommittee. Patrick Leahy [D-VT] succeeds him as the Senate’s most senior member, and is likely to also take the committee chair. Statement from Sen. Inouye’s office | NYT | WaPo. * In a thawing of a bilateral relationship that had grown markedly tense earlier this year, the US has made a $688M reimbursement to Pakistan, which had been held contingent on reopening logistics routes through the country and proved an effective leverage for the Americans. Since said GLOCs were reopened, the huge container backlog that had built up has been more than halved. * The GAO published a backgrounder on American […]

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