UCAR Lives!

Anybody remember the Unmanned Combat Armed Rotorcraft (aka, UCAR)? UCAR was one of those futuristic concept vehicles that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (aka, DARPA) swoons over until the Army (aka, army) sees the bill, and then — poof — the program dies. Well, it’s back — kind of. When UCAR got the budget […]

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Why Russia Cheers Me Up

If you’re frustrated by what you see happening with the US defense industry, here’s good way to cheer up: read about the state of Russia’s defense industry. Worked for me anyway. Stephen J. Blank, a professor at the Strategic Studies Institute of the Army War College, has published a new monograph, entitled: "Rosoboroneksport: Arms Sales […]

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The F-35 Debate Continues

For those following the great V/STOL/Harrier/F-35B debate, here’s some great responses to my responses from Mr. Ehling. Everyone feel free to join the fray. Me: Do you really think that it’s anything like an equalizer? Ehling: I don’t know. I’ve been told viffing gave the Harrier an edge at low altitude engagements against our own […]

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The Revolving Door (Part 2)

Today, the Department of Homeland Security ruined the personal "retirement" plans of hundreds of its own executives and senior managers. DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff announced that, starting June 7, ex-feds must spend a year off after leaving the agency before coming back for a hand-out as a contractor. Previously, the one-year ban applied only to […]

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Rage Against the (Defense) Machine

I wish that as many people as possible take a few moments to read an incredible article published this month in Signal Magazine, the house organ of the AFCEA International. The article by retired Navy Commander Gregory Glaros is headlined, "Are You Angry Yet?". You will read a no-holds-barred manifesto of rage directed at the […]

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On Stealth, Nukes and Cruise Missiles

The AGM-129A Advanced Cruise Missile (ACM) is being retired by the US Air Force, according to a March 7 post on the Strategic Security Blog by the Federation of American Scientists. Add the AGM-129A to the growing list of weapons the air force is divesting or seeking to divest, which also include the F-117 and […]

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Talkin C-17 Blues

For my weekly appearance on Federal News Radio, the topic was the future of the C-17 production line. To sum up: it’s not as bleak as Boeing says it is. Listen to the interview here: Download 03052007_fednewsradio.wma

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The F-35B Strikes Back (Part 2)

The debate continues about V/STOL, the Harrier and the F-35B. Bob Ehling comments: VTOL also gives the Harrier the capacity to "viff" (vector in forward flight), which allegedly gave it a high kill ratio at low altitudes in Red Flag exercises some time ago. The F-35′s lift fan may have similar attributes for future ACM, […]

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Source Watch: Wheeler on Defense Budget

Earlier today, I forecasted that the DOD budget will soon equal the 5% of GDP benchmark clumsily called for by the American Enterprise Institute. To sum up: the AEI’s Gary J. Schmitt and Thomas Donnelly think the defense budget should rise until it hits about 5% of GDP. And, as I pointed out, that’s redundant. […]

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Baaaaaddddd Typo

All typos are bad. Some are REAL bad. Read it on DefenseLink: Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz., was awarded a $23,700,000 cost-reimbursement contract on Mar. 2, 2007, to procure long lead material in support of the FY07 production of Evolved Seasparrow Missiles (ESSM) for NATO Seasparrow Consortium countries and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers.    Raytheon […]

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