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Facing Drop in Demand, Oshkosh Defense to Cut Workforce by 29%

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* Oshkosh announced the termination of 760 jobs at its defense division between June and July, most of them being hourly positions. * The US Air Force will hold an industry day on May 1-2 at Peterson Air Force Base, CO, to discuss Ground-based Electro-Optical Deep-Space Surveillance (GEODSS) operations and maintenance needs in Socorro, New […]

* Oshkosh announced the termination of 760 jobs at its defense division between June and July, most of them being hourly positions.

* The US Air Force will hold an industry day on May 1-2 at Peterson Air Force Base, CO, to discuss Ground-based Electro-Optical Deep-Space Surveillance (GEODSS) operations and maintenance needs in Socorro, New Mexico; Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory; and Maui, Hawaii.

* Speaking of one of these 3 sites: Diego Garcia base on the line as Mauritius tries to pit U.S., U.K. in island’s sovereignty bid.

From War of Words to War of Pictures

* NATO released pictures of Russian troops near Ukraine’s border. After Russia said the pictures were taken in August 2013 – a position relayed by China’s CCTV – the Atlantic alliance released more evidence to back up its claims.

* Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov sticks to the script: “We don’t have either our servicemen or our agents [in southeastern Ukraine]”

Japan’s Evolving Doctrine

* East Asia Forum: Is Abe bypassing democracy to push his defence agenda?

High Efficiency, Low Cost Energy

* Gas supplies are a big part of the equation in Ukraine. The CSIS think tank just released a timely report [PDF] on the geopolitical impacts of global energy shifts.

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