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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More on LCS

Paul from Australia writes in with a bold prediction of his own: "I predict the demise of mono hull Naval vessels over the next couple of decades, except for very large sizes." He also says: "The GD vessel hull design is Australian (Austal) where of course the fastest, largest aluminium vessels are designed and built." […]

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Brainstorming on Counter-Insurgency Aircraft

I’ve decided to list a few top candidates for a counter-insurgency aircraft for US Special Operations, if (or when) a requirement is produced. Feel free to add more suggestions if you like, or — if you must — tell me why I’m an idiot for selecting the aircraft I already did. The candidates are: Hawker […]

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My Bold, Reckless and Uninformed LCS Prediction

This just in: The US Navy and Lockheed Martin have agreed to to disagree on a restructured contract for the third Littoral Combat Ship. That apparently means General Dynamics wins the LCS competition by default. My prediction: someday, the Lockheed Martin LCS design will make a comeback. I don’t know when and I don’t know […]

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