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The UN Food and Agriculture Organization called a meeting for September 24 to address the highest increase in food prices since 2008. That was the year of world-wide riots fueled by speculators and shortages. Wheat production is down from last year, but is still the third largest harvest on record. The problem leading to riots is usually not supply, but distribution and availability at reasonable cost. For countries as poor as Mozambique, even slight price increases make living impossible. Other countries at risk of disorders are China, Egypt, Pakistan, Senegal and Serbia. More food riots are unavoidable this fall.
A proposed rule change by the Labor Department would give preference to contractors that hire disabled workers. All comments on the proposed change must be submitted by Tuesday.
The Defense Intelligence Agency has signed a 523,482-square-foot lease at Boston Properties's Patriots Park in Reston, with plans to fill the entire two-tower property by 2013.
According to Japanese government sources, Japanese Prime Minister Kan and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao likely will not meet on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly meeting in late September. This is a modestly significant development because such meetings are almost standard practice. China previously postponed a visit to Japan because of the maritime confrontation in which a Chinese fishing boat apparently deliberately rammed Japanese patrol boats. This latest development means that the fishing boat dispute continues to fester and escalate. It also reinforces the NightWatch assessment that the fishing boat incident is almost a strategic confrontation.
What industry really thinks about the Pentagon's cost cutting plan from Stan Soloway of the Professional Services Council
How sure are you that the contractors you're working with at your agency are handling sensitive information in the way that they should - or that you expect they will? John Needham is the Director of Acquisition and Sourcing Issues at GAO.
The Army is trying to get the word out that it needs good people to help manage money. The lagging economy, stubborn unemployment and improved pay and benefits are helping to attract the next generation of acquisition professionals into the fold.
Appropriators slash F-35 purchases in fiscal 2011, U.S. charges Florida pair with selling counterfeit computer chips from China to the U.S. Navy and military
According to Chinese media, The China National Petroleum Corporation has begun construction of oil and natural gas pipelines between China and Myanmar. According to the company's statement, CNPC wants to complete the China section of the pipelines, as well as the refinery, by 2013. The significance of this information, plus other recent reports about China building a railroad through Burma, is that they reinforce the assessment that Chinese leaders see Burma as a gateway for channeling natural resources to China. This symbolizes the next step in China's economic expansion by creating a network of vertical and horizontal monopolies on a global scale.
Learn more about efforts to increase competition in DoD contracting