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of a single-vendor buy, ordered a “technology scan” to ascertain whether there was no missile in the market other than
the Spike.
The FGM-148 Javelin, jointly built by US companies Raytheon and Lockheed Martin, is the world’s premier man-portable,
anti-tank missile. It gives infantrymen, highly vulnerable to enemy tanks on the battlefield, a weapon with which to
destroy heavy armoured vehicles from a distance of 2.5 km.
But the Israeli Spike, while not nearly as capable, is likely to be a good deal cheaper. If the MoD chooses price over
capability, the Spike is likely to emerge the winner. “But if the MoD agrees to Washington’s co-development proposal,
the Javelin would become the clear frontrunner for the $1-1.5-billion Indian contract. That is now a realistic prospect,”
says a member of the US defence industry.
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Obama appoints Indian-American fund raiser to key administration post
Azita Raji – Member, President’s Commission on White House Fellowships
US President Barack Obama has appointed a top Indian-American fund raiser, who worked for his re-election campaign,
to a key administration post. San Francisco philanthropist, Azita Raji, who reportedly raised more than USD 3 million in
contributions in 2011-2012 re-election campaign of Obama, has been appointed as Member of the President's
Commission on White House Fellowship.
The announcement came along with nine other appointments to key administration post. "I am honoured that these
talented individuals have decided to join this Administration and serve our country. I look forward to working with them
in the months and years to come," Obama said in a statement.
A Trustee of Barnard College and a founding Co-Chair of the Athena Leadership Council of Barnard's Athena Center for
Leadership Studies, Raji is Co-Chair of Barnard's Development Committee.
She also serves as a member of the Executive Committee, the Investment Committee, and the Strategic Planning
Advisory Group. A Chartered Financial Analyst, Raji received a BA in Architecture and French from Barnard College and
an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School.
She was National Finance Vice-Chair for Obama for America in 2012 and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Social
Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School.
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