Archive | November, 2007

The slow death of a buzzword: network-centric warfare

The term “network-centric warfare” appears to be heading to the ash-heap of history’s buzzwords. Noah Shachtman’s article this week in Wired magazine motivated me to do a bit of research on Lexis-Nexis. So I looked up “network-centric warfare” references by year in the Lexis-Nexis database. Here are the results. 1997: 27 1998: 83 1999: 97 […]

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Today’s must-read on KC-X

Michel Merluzeau and the folks at G2 Solutions today break down the KC-X competition as thoroughly as possible without charging you a consulting fee. Their verdict for the KC-X winner: split buy. Here’s a snippet, but go read G2′s full report here: http://g2globalsolutions.com/blog.html. Read the signs: what is the best way for the Air Force […]

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On the ethics of killing with robots

Yesterday, I broached the topic of autonomous killer robots for the second time on this blog. But this morning I came across the best article I’ve seen on the topic so far in Unmanned Systems magazine, written by Judi Hasson. The article spotlights Ron Arkin, a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, who is […]

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DARPA says: “There’s no ‘I’ in UAV”

This morning I was at Northrop Grumman’s offices in Rosslyn, Va., for a press briefing on the DARPA-funded HURT II program. (HURT=Heterogeneous Unmanned Reconnaissance Team). Click here to see the power-point presentation. The idea is pretty straightforward. One day, the US Army may want to operate its unmanned aircraft fleet more like a collaborative team, […]

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GE Aviation shifts some F136 jobs to Mississippi

The seemingly always-threatened F136 program is about to get a new power base of support in Congress from the Mississippi delegation, if I’m reading this press release correctly. Duke Realty Corporation to Develop New Manufacturing Facility in Batesville, Mississippi BATESVILLE, Miss. & INDIANAPOLIS (November 27, 2007) — Duke Realty Corporation (Duke) (NYSE:DRE) announced today that […]

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Let’s name more weapons after religious holidays

Is Iran’s unveiling of a 2,000km range ballistic missile on Tuesday merely a new salvo in the mideast (er, what’s the opposite of peace?) war process, or is it the start of a new fad for naming weapons? Iran named its new missile the “Ashura”, which is presumably a reference to the “Day of Ashura”, […]

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Prang report: Iran F-4 crashes, 2 pilots, er, “martyred”

Iranian Fighter Jet Crashes, 2 Killed TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian air force F-4 Phantom jet crashed into the Oman Sea on Monday off the southeastern coast of Iran, killing both pilots, the official IRNA news agency reported. The jet, belonging to the army air force, crashed into the sea near the port of […]

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This week’s most obvious headlines

1. Aviation Week & Space Technology: “Future Bomber Could Feature Stealth” 2. C4ISR Journal: “Saudi choice for targeting pod won’t be Israeli“

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An American KC-767 tanker in Paris?

As if the KC-X competition wasn’t already weird enough, did you hear the chief of the French Air Force now says the Boeing KC-767 could be his next aerial refueller? Read the full article on flightglobal.com here, but here’s how it starts: France hopes to proceed to the next stage of an evaluation process involving […]

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UK Royals pick Sikorsky for next family helo

Irony, via Stratford, Connecticut. Nov. 19 (Bloomberg) — United Technologies Corp.’s Sikorsky unit, maker of the Black Hawk helicopter, said the U.K.’s royal family named it the preferred supplier, a designation that puts it in line to manufacture the family’s next chopper. The royal family now uses a Sikorsky S-76C+ helicopter and its replacement will […]

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