Rapid Fire Oct. 14, 2013: US Senate New Nexus of Shutdown ‘Negotiations’
- Russia is going to classify 59% of its 2014 military expenses, up from 52% this year. But then if corruption is the expected norm throughout society…
- Turkey’s overall defense and security budget will rise by 9.5% in nominal terms to 49.6 billion liras (about $25B), but better data granularity and transparency are hard to come by.
Post-war Afghan Security Deal Threatened by Jurisdiction
- The US and Afghanistan have reportedly narrowed their differences over the terms of a post-2014 security agreement, but who should have jurisdiction over US forces could still kill the deal, just as it did with Iraq two years ago.
Euros For Easier Exports
- The CEOs of several European defense contractors are asking for more lenient technology export rules to growth markets in Asia and the Middle East. In the following video Saab CEO Håkan Buskhe is bullish on the long-term potential of countries such as India, brushing aside their current currency roads as mere “bumps on the road”:
With Carter Leaving, Who Will Promote US-India Agenda?
- The New Delhi-based Business Standard notes that US deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter was the prominent face of the Pentagon’s efforts to woo India, so his imminent departure may well stall that push.
More Ground Based Air Defence for UK
- Thales announced the sale of an additional 200 short-range surface-to-air STARStreak missiles to the UK.
Bell Helicopter Workers Agree to Contract
- Members of the United Auto Workers Local 218 trade union in Texas ratified their new 5-year contract with Bell Helicopter, after months of negotiation.
Getting Veterans Back on Their Feet
- US Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician Christopher Andrieu lost both legs above the knee in Afghanistan. 8 months later, he was on a bike for the EOD Undefeated Bike Ride over last weekend. He’d like to play soccer too, but he’s not sure yet whether that’s going to be possible without crutches. Video below, with our respect for his fortitude: