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DOD’s F-35 commitment is “variable”, says DOD’s top analyst

There are many takeaways from Defense News Editor Vago Muradian’s excellent interview with Brad Berkson, head of Program, Analysis and Evaluation (PA&E) for Secretary of Defense Bob Gates. It was televised yesterday on a local station in the DC metro area as part of Muradian’s weekly show. I’ll focus on Berkson’s response about the future […]

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Report: Shrinking USAF fighter fleet gets even smaller? [Updated]

Big news this morning from InsideDefense.com. EXCLUSIVE: Air Force Plans Massive, Early F-15, F-16 Retirements to Save $3.4 Billion DefenseAlert, Oct. 14, 2008 — The Air Force is planningdramatic cuts to its fighter force in fiscal year 2010 in an attempt tofind $3.4 billion to bolster other combat aircraft, munitionsinventories, ISR and manpower efforts, InsideDefense.com […]

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Should JSF go the way of Comanche?

Within the past 10 days, we’ve learned that CSIS thinks the US military can’t buy the aircraft it needs and, even if they could, RAND doubts those aircraft are up to the job.So it’s great timing this week for the annual convention by the Association of the US Army (AUSA) to roll into town.The sweeping […]

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Mixed messages today on JSF

Mixed messages abound on the Lockheed Martin F-35 program today. Overall it should be a good week for the F-35, with the first test aircraft back in the air after a seven-month hiatus and the second test aircraft due to be rolled out of the factory very soon. But two articles appear in the press […]

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Spotted: Raytheon’s Anti-Northrop Grumman Radar (RANGR)

A nice person from Raytheon handed me a brochure this morning on the company’s AESA fighter radars. I usually file such documents straight into the wastebasket, but this one got my attention. You can look it up here. On page 2, you’ll find a silhouette of an F-16 with a radar pictured in the nose […]

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