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Significant market share lost due to unfair preferences for labor performed by federal inmates through a government-run corporation known as Federal Prison Industries (FPI)

In recent years, manufacturers have lost significant market share in DOD clothing and textiles because of FPI’s preference. FPI as a mandatory source should be limited so more job opportunities can be provided to the U.S. domestic manufacturing base. While FPI certainly has a legitimate function, it is also imperative that they be required to compete by the same rules as industry.

If you feel the same, please add your signature to reach the 25,000 signature threshold required by the White House by March 1, 2012 and influence the administration to respond to this issue.    Please review the attached information and then: 1) Go to Follow the link at the bottom of the page to create an account.  2) Activate your account by clicking on the link sent to your email (it will take a few minutes for the email to reach your inbox).  3) Change your password using the link provided.

4)  Click on Open Petitions in the Green boxes at the top of the page. (sometimes the White House server is slow, please try again if the page doesn’t load correctly)  5) Locate petition titled “Reform DOD Procurement Policies that Benefit Federal Inmates.” (you may need to close your browser and sign in again in order for this to work)  6) Click the green words “Find Out More”.

7) Click the green button “Sign this petition”.  Thank you for supporting this initiative.

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Warplane with NW Ties Debuts in Libya

The Navy's EA-18G "Growler"

The US Navy was hard at work this weekend enforcing the UN mandated no-fly zone over Libya.  In the thick of the fight was the US Navy’s latest and greatest Electronic Warfare tool, the EA-18G Growler.  For those of you who aren’t aware, we Northwesterners have close ties to the Growler.   The Growlers (and their predecessors the EA-6B Prowlers) have called NAS Whidbey Island in the Puget Sound home for a long time.

Based on early assessments, it sounds like the Growler is performing admirably.  Check out the full story at Danger Room.


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Cool New Toy: Northrop’s X-47B

Check out this great video from Northrop Grumman of their new carrier-capable UAV.  Gotta love the smiles on the faces of the engineering team when the drone gets airborne.


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Friday Funnies – Chinese Go “Top Gun”

Startlingly Similar, Don't You Think?

I thought our readers might enjoy a bit of humor heading into this weekend.  From our friends over at is this little comic nugget.  Apparently the PLAAF doesn’t have gunsight cameras in the budget, but they do have lisencing rights with Paramount Pictures.  It appears as though they’re passing off footage from the 1986 aviation classic Top Gun as footage from a Chinese military test.

From The Ministry of Tofu, the site that orginally caught this litte error:

Xinwen lianbo, or News Broadcast, on China Central Television, comes under fire again for its report of an air force training exercise on January 23. In the newscast, the way a target was hit by the air-to-air missile fired by a J-10 fighter aircraft and exploded looks almost identical to a cinema scene from the Hollywood film Top Gun.

A net user who went by the name “刘毅” (Liu Yi) pointed out that the jet that the J-10 “hit” is an F-5, a US fighter jet. In Top Gun, what the leading actor Tom Cruise pilots an F-14 to bring down is exactly an F-5. Looking at the screenshots juxtaposition, one cannot fail to find that even flame, smoke and the way the splinters fly look the same.

Up next, alien invasion drills featuring Will Smith.  You heard it here first.

Find the Foreign Policy post here. To find the orginal post from the Ministry of Tofu (great name), click here.

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