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Rapid Fire 2012-02-24: Federal Acquisition Rules – Or Lack Of – Circa 1941

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* Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Bob Pap made his annual State of the Coast Guard address [PDF]. On acquisition: “[T]here was a time when the Coast Guard operated 8 polar ice breakers. How did that happen? In 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt passed a hand written note to Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau – Morgenthau passed the note on to the Commandant, Admiral Russell Waesche, – it simply read, Henry I want the world’s best icebreakers, [signed] FDR’ I guess Federal acquisition Rules must have been easier then!” * 7 US Marines died on Wednesday night in a crash between an AH-1W Cobra and a UH-1Y Huey during training west of the Yuma Training Range in California. * The Obama administration follows a course of action suggested by Senate Armed Services Committee leaders earlier this month and implies it may cut off military aid to Egypt. * Inspired by the British MOD, the US Army has been fielding kevlar-reinforced garment that looks like bicycle shorts since June last year. They have “gone through a couple of design iterations [..] and it’s [now] more comfortable and breathable and Soldiers are more willing and apt to wear it” according to Lt. Col. Frank […]

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