Archive | April, 2009

“Stealth bike” unveiling now on YouTube

Thank you, Northrop Grumman.

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VIDEO: DOD’s policy guru previews QDR

Pentagon Channel has released video of Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michèle Flournoy speaking yesterday about theQuadrennial Defense Review at the Military Strategy Forum, Center for Strategic andInternational Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC.

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BBC: USAF official calls for cyber offensive

This blog doesn’t focus on cyber operations, but this story is fairly provocative. A US Air Force colonel on BBC voices his private belief that the US needs to launch a cyber attack? This doesn’t smell right.   US ‘should go on cyber-offensive’ A US Air Force officer has told the BBC that his countryshould […]

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Defense Links: India loses first Su-30MKI in fatal crash

Indian web site Indopia reports one pilot died in first-ever Su-30 MKI crash Chilean newspaper El Mercurio writes about Santiago’s bizarre F-16 “deal” with the Netherlands David Fulghum of Aviation Week’s Ares blog writes the French Air Force really wants the US to buy tankers already UK think tank Chatham House says the Kosovo War […]

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Army heavylift helo design: Even bigger than you think

Most people think the US Army wants to design a new rotorcraft that can vertically lift a whopping 30-ton payload, but Bruce Tenney begs to differ. As associate director for the army’s aviation applied technology directorate, Tenney says the 32.5-ton lifting capability commonly ascribed to the AATD’s high efficiency tiltrotor (HETR) concept is misleading. That […]

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Defense Links: AFRL set to splurge on missile super-fuze

Graham Warwick of Aviation Week & Space Technology writes about the AFRL’s ambitious fuze development program for the next generation of dual-role missiles Loren Thompson of the Lexington Institute pitches business case for split-buy on KC-X But George Talbot of the Mobile (Alabama) Press Register says Rep Norm Dicks remains adamantly opposed  Former Oz Defence […]

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Social media covers P-8A first flight

This was the first time I got scooped by Jagermeister — or at least by one of the potent German spirit’s more public fans.Boeing didn’t tip off reporters about the P-8A first flight event on Saturday morning in Seattle, but they didn’t have to. The Tweet above alerted anyone paying attention on Twitter 10 hours […]

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Hamre: Lobbying is a “very good thing”, “essential function”

JohnHamre is the president and CEO of the Center for Strategic andInternational Studies. (CSIS) He also is the former deputy secretary ofdefense for William Cohen.On 23 April, Hamre introduced a panel of experts to discuss the futureof the Lockheed Martin F-22. But he opened his remarks with a fairlypassionate defense for lobbying. He acknowledged that […]

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PHOTO: KC-135 refuels A330 MRTT

Photo by Airbus Military A French Air Force KC-135 refuels a Royal Australian Air Force A330 multi-role tanker transport (MRTT) off the coast of France. Airbus Military says today that the flight validates the A330 MRTT’s receiver flight control laws with the KC-135 tanker. The A330 remains a potential competitor for the initial US Air […]

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Defense Links: John Young strikes back

Short-timer and chief Pentagon weapons buyer John Young vents to reporters about the US Air Force’s UAV spending, DOD’s ethics regulations, the US Army’s fee structure on Future Combat Systems, and the overall inefficiency of the weapon’s buying process Meanwhile, William Matthews of Defense News writes that Young’s successor, Harvard professor Ashton Carter, has been […]

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