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Rapid Fire May 17, 2013: Maintaining the US Naval Nuclear Deterrent

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* Rear Adm. Richard Breckenridge, the US Navy’s Director of Undersea Warfare, says they have enough SSBNs at the moment to fulfill deterrence goals, and will need at least 10 operational SSBNs to continue to do so in the future. And to do that until the introduction of the new SSBN “we must complete refueling overhauls of all 14 Ohio SSBNs and operate the 12 newest of them to their full 42-year extended life.” On background: 2010 nuclear posture review [PDF] | Finite deterrence. * The Pentagon is proposing to amend Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) in order to clarify contractor responsibilities in the detection of counterfeit electronic parts. Send comments on the proposed rule by July 15. * South Korea’s Institute for Defense Analyses (KIDA) is agreeing with estimates from the US government that size the number of mobile missile launchers operated by North Korea to about 200. Earlier * The US GAO finds the services could better align their anti-corrosion goals and policies with those set by DoD. DoD and GAO agree to disagree. * The final RFP for full production of the US Navy’s Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) is expected to be released […]

* Rear Adm. Richard Breckenridge, the US Navy’s Director of Undersea Warfare, says they have enough SSBNs at the moment to fulfill deterrence goals, and will need at least 10 operational SSBNs to continue to do so in the future. And to do that until the introduction of the new SSBN “we must complete refueling overhauls of all 14 Ohio SSBNs and operate the 12 newest of them to their full 42-year extended life.” On background: 2010 nuclear posture review [PDF] | Finite deterrence.

* The Pentagon is proposing to amend Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) in order to clarify contractor responsibilities in the detection of counterfeit electronic parts. Send comments on the proposed rule by July 15.

* South Korea’s Institute for Defense Analyses (KIDA) is agreeing with estimates from the US government that size the number of mobile missile launchers operated by North Korea to about 200. Earlier

* The US GAO finds the services could better align their anti-corrosion goals and policies with those set by DoD. DoD and GAO agree to disagree.

* The final RFP for full production of the US Navy’s Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) is expected to be released on May 24.

* The US Army’s Project Management Soldier Weapons (PM SW) will hold an Industry Day on June 27 at Picatinny Arsenal, NJ, to discuss target acquisition and precision targeting for small firearms.

* The UK’s National Audit Office has added a “Defence Value for Money” section to their website where they are gathering material covering the root causes of successful projects, contracting practices, and collaborative relationships.

* US Navy flight deck operations use color coding, which scratches DID’s Obsessive Compulsive Disorder just the right way. Smartly, there is no Mr. Pink, and bright colors beat blue/grey camo. Video below, whose lack of metal music was probably filed under “diversity” by the Navy’s recruiters:

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