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US Back in the Philippines

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* The Philippines and the US are signing today a 10-year military pact formalizing how American troops will be allowed to rotate in the former US colony. Video of the press conference with Presidents Aquino and Obama. * President Aquino announced last Friday the purchase of 8 combat utility helicopters, six close air support aircraft, two-long range patrol aircraft, and radar systems, according to the Philippine Daily Inquirer. * WSJ: U.S. Beefs Up Military Options for China as Obama Reassures Allies in Asia. * IHS Jane’s notes that three is a trend: attacks on oil tanker in the Malacca Straits indicate pirates’ increased organisational capability. Competition in the US Defense Market * The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) agrees with the Pentagon’s recent waivers of competitive prototype requirement for the US Army’s AMPV [GAO-14-521R] and the US Air Force’s B-2 Defensive Management System Modernization [GAO-14-522R]. * Politico: defense contractors fight for their slice since the pie has stopped growing. Eastern Europe * 4 Royal Air Force Typhoons have deployed in the NATO Baltic Air Policing (BAP) mission over Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania: video. * Reuters: Latvia says Russia trying to use ‘provocateurs’ in Baltic state. Indian BMD * India’s DRDO […]

* The Philippines and the US are signing today a 10-year military pact formalizing how American troops will be allowed to rotate in the former US colony. Video of the press conference with Presidents Aquino and Obama.

* President Aquino announced last Friday the purchase of 8 combat utility helicopters, six close air support aircraft, two-long range patrol aircraft, and radar systems, according to the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

* WSJ: U.S. Beefs Up Military Options for China as Obama Reassures Allies in Asia.

* IHS Jane’s notes that three is a trend: attacks on oil tanker in the Malacca Straits indicate pirates’ increased organisational capability.

Competition in the US Defense Market

* The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) agrees with the Pentagon’s recent waivers of competitive prototype requirement for the US Army’s AMPV [GAO-14-521R] and the US Air Force’s B-2 Defensive Management System Modernization [GAO-14-522R].

* Politico: defense contractors fight for their slice since the pie has stopped growing.

Eastern Europe

* 4 Royal Air Force Typhoons have deployed in the NATO Baltic Air Policing (BAP) mission over Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania: video.

* Reuters: Latvia says Russia trying to use ‘provocateurs’ in Baltic state.

Indian BMD

* India’s DRDO announced [PDF] it successfully completed a ballistic missile defense test with the 1st flight of its Prithvi Defence Vehicle (PDV) interceptor (video).

JLENS Demonstration

* Production may have ended, but the US Army is still testing its JLENS aerostats at the Utah Test and Training Range, as shown in the video below:

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