Rapid Fire October 22, 2012: Of Unintended Consequences

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* The USAF issued a solicitation for their 300-plane T-X trainer program, but don’t get excited yet. It isn’t even an RFI, just advance clarification re: Military Airworthiness Certification requirements. If Boeing really wants to invest in a new design, that will be just one of their challenges. IAI/ATG’s Javelin could give them a running start, but… this is a very high wall to climb without a proven design, no matter how you go about it. * The US Navy christens their new escort carrier America [LHA 6] in a ceremony at HII’s Pascagoula, MS shipyard. Technically, she’s still “Pre-Commissioning Unit America”. * Todd Harrison at the CSBA think tank published a paper on the effects of competition on defense acquisitions. “In some instances, the structure of the competition can actually incentivize contractors to bid higher and drive up costs.” * The latest Defense Acquisition Research Journal [PDF] reviews how the industry may respond to defense budget cuts. * The commissioning of Russia’s first Borei SSN is delayed to next year because of software problems. RIA Novosti | Pravda. * Alex Salmond, Scotland’s First Minister, said Trident would have to be removed from an independent Scotland. While the British MoD […]

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