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Rapid Fire Feb. 20, 2013: Here Come the WARN Act Letters

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* The pre-sequester bad news are now coming full bore: Defense Department set to announce furlough plan (Stars & Stripes) | Navy’s budget plan: No Bataan deployment, fewer jets (Virginian-Pilot) | BAE could layoff 1,368 workers (San Diego Union-Tribune). But it’s always someone else’s fault. * The company formerly known as Hawker Beechcraft emerges out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy process as just “Beechcraft.” * More orders announced by the UAE at IDEX include Raytheon GBU-12 and GBU-58 laser-guided bombs, support for their Thales Crotale air defense missiles, and Fire Storm targeting from Rockwell Collins. Defense News. * India’s Defence Ministrer A K Antony says “speedy indigenization in Defence production is essential to eliminate corruption in procurement process.” He did not explain how one leads to the other, but Western manufacturers who expect to make up for declining home markets will take note of what the minister told the armed forces: “imports should be the last resort.” This, just as Russia is also refocusing on homegrown sourcing. * Colonel Leon Thurgood will be promoted to general and Program Executive Officer, Missile and Space at Redstone Arsenal, AL. He’s been deputy at the PEO for the last few months. Here is their […]

* The pre-sequester bad news are now coming full bore: Defense Department set to announce furlough plan (Stars & Stripes) | Navy’s budget plan: No Bataan deployment, fewer jets (Virginian-Pilot) | BAE could layoff 1,368 workers (San Diego Union-Tribune). But it’s always someone else’s fault.

* The company formerly known as Hawker Beechcraft emerges out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy process as just “Beechcraft.”

* More orders announced by the UAE at IDEX include Raytheon GBU-12 and GBU-58 laser-guided bombs, support for their Thales Crotale air defense missiles, and Fire Storm targeting from Rockwell Collins. Defense News.

* India’s Defence Ministrer A K Antony says “speedy indigenization in Defence production is essential to eliminate corruption in procurement process.” He did not explain how one leads to the other, but Western manufacturers who expect to make up for declining home markets will take note of what the minister told the armed forces: “imports should be the last resort.” This, just as Russia is also refocusing on homegrown sourcing.

* Colonel Leon Thurgood will be promoted to general and Program Executive Officer, Missile and Space at Redstone Arsenal, AL. He’s been deputy at the PEO for the last few months. Here is their weapon systems book [PDF].

* From the Institute for National Strategic Studies, an analysis [PDF] of the New NATO policy guidelines on counterterrorism:

“There are, however, three persisting shadow areas that may hinder the policy’s potential. One is the vague and qualified notion of NATO cooperation with the European Union. The second is the need to reconcile the horizontal and cross-cutting nature of the terrorist threat with the vertical reality of Alliance policies and structures. The third area is the need to establish a clearer and more direct link between NATOs broader efforts and Allies’ homeland security.”

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