Archive | May, 2007

JB Proposes the ‘Infinite Wing’

Johnny Bombmaker: Ok. Suppose the US Air Force flips out and buys some counter-insurgency aircraft? What do you think they’re going to do with it? The DEW Line: Er, counter some insurgents, I guess. JB: There happens to be a good reason for a counter-insurgency fleet, but it’s not what you’re thinking. It isn’t just […]

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Contracts Round-up: 5/30

Today, you can: Find out the Afghan National Army has commandos Put in a bid for what’s got to be THE WORST JOB ON THE PLANET … hint: it involves driving trucks, riding in convoys and doing both in Iraq Take a standard 120mm projectile round for a tank, add a seeker and a booster […]

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COIN Debate: The Cliff Notes Version

The counter-insurgency aircraft debate continues. Please join in by posting here. While you’re thining it over, here’s excerpts from the wonderful ongoing discussion on this blog. It’s a debate based entirely on facts, reasons and good insight — how original! The debate all started when Johnny Bombmaker said: There’s a reason why single-engine turboprops almost […]

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Contracts Round-up: 5/23

Today, you can:  Helpmilitary doctors recognize the signs of post-traumatic stress disorder Understandwhy the chemical properties of rubber insulation create problems for the US AirForce’s inventory of solid rocket motors Readsomething that makes you ponder why the US Army is suddenly issuing RFIs onbehalf of Boeing for the Future Combat System program. That used to […]

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My Wildly Irresponsibile Speculation on the Meaning of LSRS

No one knows his classified military hardware like my former colleague Bill Sweetman on Defense Technology International magazine’s "Ares" blog, but I’m going to stick my neck out here and disagree with him. Last week, Bill wrote on Ares about the existence of a quasi-classified new sensor called the Littoral  Surveillance Radar Surveillance (LSRS). I […]

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Bad Press for FCS

Government Executive, which has nurtured deservedly top-rank military journalists like James Kitfield, has published an unsusually one-sided critique of the Future Combat System program by relatively new-hire Greg Grant, who jumped to GovExec from Defense News last year. To the FCS-uninitiated, Grant’s solid reporting will open their eyes to the genesis of a potentially deeply […]

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Talking Climate Change Blues …

Unbeknownst to the vast majority of Americans, the amount of carbon commercial airplanes spew mostly into the upper reaches of the stratosphere and lower regions of the troposphere is something of a scandal in Europe. The aviation industry pumps about 600 million tons of the stuff into the atmosphere every year, which is roughly equivalent […]

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Contracts Round-up: 5/18

Today, you can: Make a balloon that sits at the fringe of space, collecting intelligence data that is returned to ground via a detachable glider — perhaps saving the air force billions of dollars otherwise spent on orbital satellites. Build up to 10 of that long-awaited hunter-killer unmanned aircraft — the General Atomics MQ-9B Reaper […]

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Ares Reveals Littoral Radar Surveillance System

Mad props to Bill Sweetman at the Ares blog for chasing down the details of the Littoral Surveillance Radar System (LSRS), an apparently quasi-classified new sensor for the P-8A MMA. I first start noticing references to the LSRS last year here and here (see chart 5), but the Navy, Raytheon and Boeing refused to answer […]

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Tip: Check Facts, Then Mock

The DEW Line has a tip for Marion Blakey, the US FAA Administrator: make sure you’re not reading a hoax news story before you poke fun at the environmental activities of another government. See here.

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