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Rapid Fire Morning 2011-06-07: Arctic Operations

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* Under Secretary of the US Navy Bob Work tells the 2011 Navy Opportunity Forum that reduced defense spending should not deter small businesses and innovators from developing new ideas. Work also emphasized that reduced budgets will mean the Navy will rely on the small business community in ways that it had never had in the past. * Saab signs a Letter of Intent with Tactical Communications Group to collaborate on on technical, marketing and business development initiatives designed to bring innovative new C4I solutions to the market. * The US Department of Defense has sent to Congress a report on its Arctic operations. The report outlines limitations in command and control, communications, intelligence and other capabilities due to a lack of assets and harsh conditions, as well as a limited inventory of ice-capable vessels and shore-based infrastructure. * Aviation Week reports that North Korea’s nuclear program and the development of new advanced fighters by China and Russia explain why the South Korean air force ranks air-to-air capability equally with strike as it seeks parliamentary funding for the FX fighter program. * As India’s Cabinet approves the purchase of 10 Boeing CI-17 transport aircraft, opposing stances on trade negotiations, military […]

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