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Rapid Fire August 10, 2012: Mechanic Mules for Marines

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* Commander of US Fleet Forces Admiral J. C. Harvey, Jr. thinks that actions undertaken to reverse a trend [PDF] of degrading fleet readiness are starting to pay off. Challenges remain though, including Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD), a mission that is “complex and technically very demanding. This unique mission will increase the complexity of our ships and amplify the problems we are working to resolve today.” * The US government and military are still struggling to figure out the legal framework that would allow cyberspace defensive actions outside of the Pentagon’s own networks. * According to Japanese media relayed by the Taipei Times, the US is going to use its Guam-based RQ-4 Global Hawks to monitor Okinawa and the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands disputed by Japan and China. * South Korea seems receptive to some of the recommendations made by the CSIS think tank in its recent report on Asia/Pacific to Congress, though these statements were made anonymously. * If Israel were to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities, which flight route would they use? * Not all the vehicles used by the US and allies in Iraq and Afghanistan will make it back home. Buyers are lining up to buy everything from Abrams […]

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