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Rapid Fire July 30, 2013: Further Furlough Reductions Coming?

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* Civilian US DoD employees may end up facing 6 to 8 days of furlough by the end of the current fiscal year, rather than 11, according to the AP. * Pending appropriate funding, the Philippines will relocate air force and navy assets to Subic Bay to get closer to contested waters in a part of the South China Sea shrewdly renamed the West Philippine Sea by Manila. Cue in China’s formulaic response. * There is less than meets the eye behind the impressive numbers flaunted by Russia during its recent exercise in its far east. * Here’s why Russian arms sales to India have been dwindling, and may not bounce back to their former glory. * Myanmar’s navy would like to get closer to India’s, from joint training to possibly procuring offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) and other equipment. * The Hindu reported that India will extend a $100M line of credit to Vietnam to facilitate the sale of 4 patrol boats. * Here’s an overview [PDF] of the state of the British Navy. * Aerospace manufacturers spend more on research and development than the average of the top 100 manufacturers publicly listed in the UK, according to The Manufacturer, […]

* Civilian US DoD employees may end up facing 6 to 8 days of furlough by the end of the current fiscal year, rather than 11, according to the AP.

* Pending appropriate funding, the Philippines will relocate air force and navy assets to Subic Bay to get closer to contested waters in a part of the South China Sea shrewdly renamed the West Philippine Sea by Manila. Cue in China’s formulaic response.

* There is less than meets the eye behind the impressive numbers flaunted by Russia during its recent exercise in its far east.

* Here’s why Russian arms sales to India have been dwindling, and may not bounce back to their former glory.

* Myanmar’s navy would like to get closer to India’s, from joint training to possibly procuring offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) and other equipment.

* The Hindu reported that India will extend a $100M line of credit to Vietnam to facilitate the sale of 4 patrol boats.

* Here’s an overview [PDF] of the state of the British Navy.

* Aerospace manufacturers spend more on research and development than the average of the top 100 manufacturers publicly listed in the UK, according to The Manufacturer, though the pharmaceutical industry is far ahead.

* Spain’s government approved the allocation of 877 million euros ($1.16B) in extra defense funding for 2013 to fulfill contractual obligations on major procurement programs from Eurofighter jets to NH90 helicopters to A400M transport aircraft. But they are going to try and reduce their commitments and/or or resell some of their unfunded acquisitions worth billions of euros, given the dire state of the Spanish economy. Defense-Aerospace | Diario Público [in Spanish].

* Lockheed Martin’s protest of a task order to L-3 Services by the US Army’s PEO EIS was denied by the GAO.

* Researchers from the University of Texas, Austin, conducted a successful GPS spoofing demonstration by emitting false signals and gaining control of a (willingly participating) yacht’s GPS receivers used for navigation. Video below:

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