Rapid Fire March 27, 2013: Get Better at Better Buying Power

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* The US Defense Acquisition University will host a workshop on (Better Buying Poker) Better Buying Power in Fort Belvoir, VA, on April 9. On the agenda: should cost, data rights, performance-based logistics. * Australia’s phased withdrawal from Afghanistan will involve the closure of a base at Tarin Kowt and the return of about 1,000 troops by the end of 2013, out of a total of around 1,600. Press conference transcript | News Limited. * British Forces News has an interesting series of videos on the logistics of their own return from Afghanistan. * Libya is planning to spend $6B+ on defense in the coming year, according to Abu Dhabi-based The National. * Speaking of the UAE, Dassault is to open a regional office in Dubai. * Bangladesh intends to buy 24 Yak-130 jet trainers on $1 billion credit from Russia, according to Rosoboronexport via RIA Novosti. * Some of the Russian ships that recently spent time in the Mediterranean could use an overhaul. * The Apache Project Office and the Redstone Test Center’s Aviation Flight Test Directorate have jointly developed a trailer full of telemetry instrumentation and sensors that is also made available to other US Army aviation programs […]

* The US Defense Acquisition University will host a workshop on (Better Buying Poker) Better Buying Power in Fort Belvoir, VA, on April 9. On the agenda: should cost, data rights, performance-based logistics.

* Australia’s phased withdrawal from Afghanistan will involve the closure of a base at Tarin Kowt and the return of about 1,000 troops by the end of 2013, out of a total of around 1,600. Press conference transcript | News Limited.

* British Forces News has an interesting series of videos on the logistics of their own return from Afghanistan.

* Libya is planning to spend $6B+ on defense in the coming year, according to Abu Dhabi-based The National.

* Speaking of the UAE, Dassault is to open a regional office in Dubai.

* Bangladesh intends to buy 24 Yak-130 jet trainers on $1 billion credit from Russia, according to Rosoboronexport via RIA Novosti.

* Some of the Russian ships that recently spent time in the Mediterranean could use an overhaul.

* The Apache Project Office and the Redstone Test Center’s Aviation Flight Test Directorate have jointly developed a trailer full of telemetry instrumentation and sensors that is also made available to other US Army aviation programs that may need it.

* The UN conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) will end tomorrow. The US Department of State reminded countries such as Norway pushing to add more restricting language to the latest draft, that “it is not an arms control treaty, not a disarmament treaty – it is a trade treaty regulating a legitimate activity.” This position reflects reservations from other large armament exporters. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and a number of parliamentarians involved in the talks issued statements in favor of a “strong treaty.”

* The conservative Heritage Foundation notes that there is sizable opposition to the ATT in the US Senate, where international treaties are ultimately approved (as far as committing the US is concerned). It would not be too surprising if the outcome were a treaty full of loopholes that countries most exposed to arms smuggling can’t implement while the biggest weapons manufacturers don’t end up ratifying it.

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