— From the Pentagon's list of Wednesday contract announcements: "Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Va., was awarded a $475,000,000 maximum ceiling, $2,500 minimum guarantee, single award indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity personal services contract (H92222-12-R-0072) for Resiliency and Human Performance Programs support personnel in support of the U.S. Special Operations Command, Preservation of the Force and Family programs. The anticipated period of performance is not to exceed 5 years. The place of performance is multiple locations both CONUS and OCONUS. The contracting activity is U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla."

Swarm of Black Hawks

Six UH-60L Black Hawks and two CH-47F Chinooks take off from Multinational Base Tarin Kowt in Uruzgan province Jan. 18.


— The number of non-strategic nuclear weapons now possessed by the U.S. -- 200 in Europe and the rest back home -- according to a new report from the Congressional Research Service. The Russians have as many as 6,000 (h/t the Federation of American Scientists). Both nations, of course, also have thousands of strategic nuclear weapons. Word on the street is the definition doesn’t matter much if you’re near one when it goes off.
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