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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Excerpt: the Counter-Insurgency Bible

David Galula wrote the bible on counter-insurgency warfare. Trained at the French military academy at Saint Cyr, Galula saw conventional warfare action in World War II, then spent the remainder of his career fighting guerrilas and insurgents from Africa to Indochina. In 1961, he published "Counter-Insurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice". The book is 99.98% about […]

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It’s the Bullets, Stupid

The DEW Line is authored by a member of the trade press horde (er, careful how you pronounce that word!) that caters to the defense and aerospace industry. In the weapons business, this horde generally tends to focus coverage on all the high-tech stuff — you know, your F-22s, your TSATs, your DARPA phrasealators. The […]

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Contracts round-up: 5/15

Today, you can: Create a mini-NORAD just for Hawaiian airspace Solicit bids to replace M4 carbine barrels with more reliable HK416 barrels, then abruptly cancel the solicitation, adding this to the long list of failed attempts to do something about the unreliability of M4. Find awkward religious symbolism in a space situational awareness program Add […]

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Liberte! Equalite! F-22 Display??

The Paris Air Show is only one month away, so let the speculation begin: will the F-22 make a debut appearance? I believe the official word is "no comment", and the Paris Air Show press kit excludes the F-22 from the list of aircraft on static display. But there are some encouraging signs that a […]

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JASSM’s Latest Test Failures

This is what happens when you combine a low-cost ($400k/missile) weapon with high-cost requirements (stealth, standoff, precision guidance). The air force has to learn that they can’t wage precision warfare on the cheap and also expect to buy high reliability. There are two ironies in this situation: 1) JASSM used to be the poster-child for […]

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Oh, Canada!

My flight to Montreal this morning was canceled due to crew availability. This makes it the third flight on three different airlines in as many weeks for me that were canceled due to this interesting phenomenon: the weather is good, the plane seems to be working, but we remain on the ground because no one […]

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Murtha-Fest (Part 2)

It’s not too late so sign up for Murtha-Fest … er, I mean the Showcase for Commerce in Johnstown, Pa. Murth-Fest (er, … I mean the Showcase — oh, whatever) is an annual extravangza for defense contractors to peddle their favorite prducts that for whatever reason, sadly, remain unfunded. The host of Murtha-Fest is, of […]

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