Rapid Fire Morning 2011-06-15: Pulsed Power

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* The Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee accuse China of hampering a congressional probe into how counterfeit electronics ended up in the U.S. military supply chain. * Russia and France sign a protocol of intent, but not a final contract, on the purchase of Mistral Class helicopter carriers. * Raytheon acquires key business assets of pulsed power engineering systems firm Ktech. Terms of the acquisition agreement were not disclosed. * Northrop Grumman used the U.S. Joint Forces Command’s Empire Challenge 2011 exercise to simultaneously deploy three different high-definition video sensors and an electronics support payload on its Firebird intelligence-gathering air system. * UAS Vision reports on the first session of the European UAS Conference 2011. * Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI, member of the House Armed Services Committee) gives his perspective on the United States’ cyber-security strategies. * Danger Room reports on the CIA’s work alongside the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) to export its experiences from Pakistan to drone strikes in Yemen. * Speculation regarding China’s J-20 stealth fighter program continues. The Dew Line publishes a photo that suggests the J-20 now has a sister.

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