Asian Countries May Emerge As Competitors More Than Clients
Worst for Defense Yet to Come
- The quote of the day comes from an analyst who talked to the Financial Times:
“When a company says its new goal is to get 30% of its revenue from outside the US, how much of that will come from international sales growing rather than simply US sales shrinking?”
- More from the FT on international defense trade trends in the following video, closing with the thought that cheap defense electronics from countries such as China and Thailand may at some point flood the global market:
- China is approaching Thailand to partner on a range of missile and air defense programs, following proposals ranging from space to high-speed rail. Thailand’s diplomatic relationship with China is much more recent than with the US, but it has been ramping up [PDF] in recent years.
US Cyber Command / NSA
- The Obama administration is reportedly considering separating command of USCYBERCOM and NSA. General Keith Alexander who currently heads both will retire next year.
U-Boots for Saudis?
- Bild-Am-Sonntag reports [in German] that the Saudis are about to buy 5 U209 Class submarines for EUR 2.5 billion, and could want up to 25. HDW parent TKMS denied that they were in negotiations with the Saudis, but if this is still at the preliminary inquiry stage, that could still be true. Germany’s Social Democrats are reportedly unhappy, and the recent elections give them some leverage – but will they block a significant source of work for German unions?
No Deal (Yet?) for US Troops in the Philippines
- Filipino and American negotiators are struggling to reach an agreement over the increased presence of US troops in the Philippines, as the Americans want more control over the bases they would use than their hosts seem inclined to yield.
SFO, Serco, GOCO
- The UK’s Serious Fraud Office announced they had opened an investigation of G4S and Serco electronic monitoring contracts. Serco is a significant services provider to the Ministry of Defence and is a member of 2 teams competing to handle the MoD’s procurement.
Italo-Indian Chopper Saga
- AgustaWestland has publicly refuted Indian Ministry of Defence allegations of bribery, while taking the MoD to court via the arbitration process specified in its AW101 VVIP contract. With 3 more helicopters ready for delivery, and the last 6 in advanced production, the stakes are rising.
- India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is about to ask Italians for evidence. The trial of former Finmeccanica execs Giuseppe Orsi and Bruno Spagnolini was again postponed [in Italian] last month, to Nov. 26. Middleman Guido Ralph Haschke was arrested in Switzerland then extradited to Italy last month.
Anti Sniper Green Tech
- Today’s video explains how the US Army Materiel Command’s Firefly, running on solar and wind energy, helps counter sniper attacks on forward operating bases: