Revolving Door’s Latest Coup: Larry Dodgen

Meet Larry Dodgen: retired army lieutenant general and former commander of Army Strategic Command (ARSTRAT). Larry’s new employer is Northrop Grumman Corp.’s Mission Systems sector, where he will serve as vice president of strategy for the company’s missile systems business. This is the same business sector that is currently competing for a big contract called […]

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Ares Scores on Airpower Theory

Ares blogger Joris Jansen Lok — aka, the giant Dutch-man — today offers a smart piece on the purpose and relevance of air power in modern combat. I can’t agree more with his point that the US Army’s air defense units, such as PAC-3 and MEADS batteries, should be absorbed by the US Air Force, […]

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Contracts Round-up: 4/18

Today, you can: Unload 4 million doses of anthrax vaccine you’ve been saving for a rainy day Make believe you’re really a Chinese or Russian anti-ship missile Predict the future and spy on America’s neighbors all at the same time Never lose your keys (or misplace an improvised explosive device) in Central Park again Make […]

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Exclusive: Air Force Revives .45-cal Handgun

Twenty years ago the US Department of Defense DOD decided to replace the .45-cal M1911 handgun with the 9mm M9 Beretta as the standard-issue sidearm. To say this decision was controversial is to understate the term. You will find plenty of defenders of the M9, such as this one on DefenseTech.org, but also many, many […]

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In Deep(er) Water (Part 2)

This morning, the Ares blog notes that I "disagree" with its post about Deepwater. That’s true, but yet incomplete. Yes, I disagree with the overall point, but my objections really go beyond that. The posting is simply wrong. It’s not a matter of opinion. The post is wrong on basic facts. To wit: a) Lockheed […]

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Contracts round-up: 4/17

Today, you can: Solve the US Air Force’s seven hardest problems, as long as you can do it for under $1 million each Make Big Brother a robot, give him a gun and shoot anything that moves (Oh yeah … and throw in a data link) Hear the army say "eat your heart out air […]

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In Deep(er) Water

From Ares today: “The Coast Guard will assume the lead role as systems integrator for all Coast Guard Deepwater assets,” Allen said, and the service will require that all future Deepwater work be opened up to competition. Lockheed and Northrop will return to mere contractor status. Ouch." And this: "Kudos to the Coast Guard for […]

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Two Things I’ve Learned Today

Never write an article in the New York Times about the Predator that can be mercilessly ripped apart by Defense Technology International Editor and Ares blogger Bill Sweetman, and My frequent visitor who posts under the pseudonym "Airpower" knows more than I about the strengths and weaknesses of counter-insurgency aircraft, which he demonstrates here: "A […]

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Contracts round-up: 4/16

Submit your proposal for a next-generation engine ideally designed for the next-generation of military tankers and transports, then really strike it rich cross-selling the military-funded engine to the airliner market after 2020 (just don’t call it a subsidy) Make money and kill some computers, if you know how Keep working on your proposal for modifying […]

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Air Force Sets SITES on New Missile Seeker

The Air Force Research Laboratory is starting work on a new sensor called SITES. This is a highly interesting development, but to explain why will take some doing. Here goes: The US Air Force now uses a medium range missile — Raytheon AIM-120C/D Advanced Medium Range Air to Air Missile (AMRAAM) — and a short-range […]

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