Rapid Fire Evening 2011-06-29: Safety in the Indian Ocean

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* The Dutch Defense Minister, Hans Hillen, replicates outgoing US Defense Secretary Robert Gates and uses a Security and Defence Agenda event to call for a greater pooling of resources among NATO’s European partners. * President Barack Obama tells a press conference that questions over whether he should have sought congressional approval for operations in Libya are ‘noise about process’. The President is also confident that he has fulfilled his commitment not deploy troops on the ground and that the United States has been supportive of operations led by other NATO members. * The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, tells the launch of the Fund for Peace’s 2011 Failed States Index that the United States can still provide aid to failed states, providing that Washington strikes the correct fiscal balance. * UK Defence Secretary Liam Fox announces the commencement of the program to reduce the number of British nuclear warheads. The program will reduce the number of warheads on board each submarine from 48 to 40. The number of operational missiles on a Vanguard Class submarine will be reduced to no more than eight, with the total number of operational missiles reduced from 160 to 120. * Saab announces a definitive agreement to purchase air traffic management and surveillance technologies […]

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