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Rapid Fire Nov. 6, 2012: UK Middle East Sales Tour

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* British Prime Minister David Cameron is visiting the Middle East where he is supporting arms sales to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Oman. The Telegraph. * Bob King, president of the United Auto Workers union, wrote an open letter to US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to “to express our concern with the Army’s proposal to end tank modernization.” He sent the letter a month ago but it was published in The Lima News yesterday, in hotly contested Ohio. Clearly a coincidence with today’s election. * Foreign Policy: Lies, Damned Lies, and Defense-Job Statistics: “But the claims that Pentagon spending has uniquely salutary economic effects — or, conversely, that cuts will have disproportionately harmful ones — suffer from a basic conceptual error: They ignore the opportunity costs. Simply put, Pentagon spending cuts can be expected — all other factors being equal — to generate greater economic activity elsewhere.” * Russian President Vladimir Putin fired his defense minister Anatoly Serdyukov, apparently because of the fire sale of military assets. AP. * SAIC announced who will be appointed to top leadership positions in the 2 companies it is going to split into. Current CEO John Jumper will continue to lead the […]

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