Saturday, March 31, 2012

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- March 31, 2012

F-35 Total Costs Soar to $1.5 Trillion; Lockheed Defends Program -- Aol Defense

PENTAGON: Lockheed Martin scrambled today to explain the latest increases in the Joint Strike Fighter's costs, arguing that the three versions of the aircraft "will be comparable to or lower than that of the seven" older airplanes it will replace. Overall, the F-35 will cost an appreciably impressive $1.5 trillion over the 55 years it is expected to be flying, up from an estimated $1 trillion.

The latest numbers were released this afternoon as part of the Pentagon's authoritative Selected Acquisition Report. The overall value of the program comes from a Lockheed Martin statement.

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Slower procurement raises F-35 program costs $7B -- Eric Palmer Blog

Iraq seeks killer missiles, but U.S. wary
-- Avionics Intelligence

India's Army in Dire State: Chief of Staff -- Ares/Aviation Week

Chinese military defends $ 106 billion defence budget -- Economic Times

Russian Commander Explains Air Force Acquisition Plan -- AIN Online

Russia Deploys S-400 Missiles in Far East
-- RIA Novosti

India and Russia to Develop Hypersonic Cruise Missile
-- RIA Novosti

Russia to Set up New Aerobatics Team by 2015
-- RIA Novosti

Former Soviet intelligence chief found dead -- The Telegraph

Artillery: China Builds A New Katyusha -- Strategy Page

Canadian Air Force looks to import pilots -- Vancouver Sun/Postmedia News

Japan Begins Building Technology Demonstrator Fighter -- Defense News

Azerbaijan Disputes Story On Azerbaijani-Israeli Military Collaboration Against Iran -- Eurasia Review

Clinton promises U.S. will back Gulf security -- Reuters

U.S. Resumes Military Aid To Egypt -- Voice of America

U.S. to Share Combat Expertise With Colombia
-- Wall Street Journal

U.S. Navy to grapple with dip in deployed subs for more than a decade -- Next Gov

Afghanistan presses for answers on long-term U.S. military bases -- Reuters

Marines look to extend unmanned helo program in Afghanistan -- Stars and Stripes

USAF promotes 767-2C as civil freighter
-- Flight Global

Cutting Navy While Obama Pivots To Asia Does Not Add Up -- Aol Defense

Navy: We’re 4 Years Away From Laser Guns on Ships -- Danger Room

Navy ships out radar system ahead of North Korea launch -- CNN

US Military Bets on 'Big Data' to Win Wars
-- Live Science

Is malaria drug linked to Afghan massacre? Army orders review -- KEPRTV

US Military's Handling of Brain Injuries, Mental Health in Spotlight -- Voice of America

Gay pride groups appear at U.S. military academies -- CNN

Wounded British soldiers launch Everest bid -- The Telegraph

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