Fave Reads

Bill Sweetman’s pithy comeback to Represenative Neil Abercrombie, who apparently thinks he’s the new Dyke Wetherington Ace’s take on the new "Shocks and Trends" initiative to come out of the Cebrowski-less Office of Force Transformation The Armchair Generalist’s views on the state of the news media and Jon Stewart’s take-down of John McCain

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Contracts Round-up: 4/26

Today, you can: Read a US Air Force memo that practically begs industry to not oppose a sole-source award to a Lockheed Martin supplier on the Joint Strike Fighter team Suddenly and unexpectedly transform the Predator family of unmanned aerial vehicles into SIGINT collection aircraft, a la the RQ-4B Global Hawk Make a fancy new […]

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ARRRRGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!

What’s it going to take to get the sorely-needed .45-caliber handgun in the US military’s arsenal? An act of Congress, maybe? Well, apparently not. According to DefenseNews.com, Congress has moved to block a new effort by the US Air Force to do what the US Army and US Special Operations Command have proven unable to […]

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FB-22 Revisited in Russia?

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FlightGlobal.com today has an image showing the potential design for Russia’s next-generation fighter, the Sukhoi T-50. The image was released by the engine company NPO Saturn, not Sukhoi. It appears every bit a hybrid of the Lockheed Martin F-22 and one of the design concepts for the FB-22 (see photo at bottom of page). Perhaps […]

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Contracts Round-up: 4/23

Today, you can: If you’re the one who built the Blackstar thingy … well, please do it again. Attempt to deliver the first military space system on-time and on-budget … HAHAHAHAHAHA! Do what the Predator does, but just less expensively

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Out-Stalking the Night Stalkers with CSAR-X?

Weekly Standard blogger Michael Goldfarb, who has a keen eye for aerospace and defense industry issues and technology, also seems to have good connections. Goldfarb has posted an email from an anonymous "friend" who conducted some of the trade studies in the CSAR-X competition, who writes: "My analysis showed it coming in a poor third […]

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Contracts Round-up: 4/19

Today, you can: Read how the US Air Force already wants to replace the Predator UAV Breathe easier while flying a helicopter into a cloud of toxic chemicals Unload 30,000 AK-47s you’ve been saving up for a rainy day in Baghdad Spend US taxpayer money to build new aircraft hangars for the Israeli Air Force […]

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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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