Rapid Fire 2011-01-03: Washington State’s Defense IndustryJan 02, 2011 22:43 UTC
- The Harmony Project – Combating Terrorism Center at West Point releases “Self-Inflicted Wounds: Debates and Divisions within al-Qa’ida and its Periphery.” If you want a snapshot of the war from the other side, this is an excellent starting place.
- North Korea has added battle tanks based on the old Soviet Union T-72 to its arsenal and boosted its special forces, artillery pieces, and weapons of mass destruction over the past 2 years, according to South Korea’s 2010 defense white paper. All that said, the South would wipe the floor with them in a full-on war – but at the cost of Seoul.
- Washington state defense contractors are adjusting to lower defense spending.
- Regulatory paperwork causes Airbus to miss it 2010 target for fielding Australia’s KC-30 aerial tanker.
- Canada deploys its initial CC-130J Hercules tactical transport aircraft at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan.
- The XB-70 Valkyrie was almost the 1st nuclear-powered bomber.
- Egypt resisted US pressure to refocus its military to counter “asymmetric threats,” such as terrorism, weapons smuggled into Gaza, and piracy, leaked cable shows.
- MIKEL, a Fall River, MA-based sonar signal processing firm, gets a $9.1 million contract to provide research automation and data fusion, target motion analysis, weapon employment, and tactical decision aids for U.S. Navy submarines.