Rapid Fire Nov. 16, 2012: Doctors Order DoD Diet

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* The Stimson Center released a report [PDF] which concludes that the “strategic agility” needed by the US could be achieved while spending significantly less. You have heard their recommendations before: don’t get drawn in land wars, reduce nuclear stockpiles, develop new tech and special forces, get allies to contribute more to global security. The think tank does not see Russia or China through rose-tinted glasses, but it estimates that their capabilities remain far from Western levels and that they have more to gain from continued economic integration. A reduction or cancellation of future F-35 deliveries is seen as an acceptable tradeoff in case of continued development problems, but development of the F-22 should be sustained. * Senator Coburn [R-OK] dubs the Pentagon the “Department of Everything” in a report [PDF] that enumerates extraneous areas in the budget that have little to do with defense and could easily be cut. Most of the report lists science projects of dubious value, at least to the military. * The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is gathering information on industry capabilities to deliver additional Precision Tracking Space System (PTSS) satellites. PTSS is a space sensor program that started in FY2011 to contribute to […]

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