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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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CBO budget forecast: An allegorical interpretation

The Congressional Budget Office’s report out today summarizing long-term defense spending plans should be read a bit like a Lewis Carroll novel: Don’t take anything too literally and just have fun spotting all the hidden meanings. Here’s what I found: 1) The USAF has dumbed-down requirements for the long-range strike aircraft from the B-2 to […]

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For Lockheed Martin, what goes around … well, you know

The karma of defense acquisition scandal is a fickle beast. For almost a year, Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky have made hay on the CSAR-X contract, forcing the US Air Force to return to square one and re-compete the contract they errantly awarded to Boeing last November. This week, Lockheed is getting some of its own […]

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Three down, 13 to go

In one of the more wacky legal disputes in defense industry history, Lockheed Martin has announced today that a third country — Thailand — recognizes the company’s right to call its laser-guided bomb the “Paveway”. Previously, the courts of Oman and Turkey came to the same conclusion. But this bizarre dispute of nomenclature goes on […]

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Lockheed Martin predicts the year-after-next’s DOD budget

Speaking at the Morgan Stanley Industrials CEO conference a few minutes ago, Lockheed Martin chief Bob Stevens predicted the US Department of Defense’s Fiscal 2009 budget request — not scheduled to be unveiled for five months — should be about 5% higher than the $482 billion request in FY 08. The good news: that means […]

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Wikipedia as defense industry propaganda tool

A co-worker showed me a neat trick last week: how to look up who has written what on Wikipedia! Could I use this new tool to discover whether defense contractors use Wikipedia to spread propaganda about their products, or, alternatively, to trash their rivals? The answer, as you’ll see, is definitely yes! Here’s how it […]

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Power failure

We knew that this contract award (see second item) last Friday looked like bad news for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), but it turned out to be even worse than we thought. To cut to the chase, the contract was awarded because the F-35C’s power generator was mistakenly designed to offer only two-thirds of […]

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New contest: Name the top 5 military aviation headlines of 2017

This contest is inspired by a similar question posed to Richard Aboulafia on Flightblogger. The challenge: name the top 5 military aviation headlines of 2017. If you’d rather not post your name, feel free to email me with your contributions at stephen.trimble@flightglobal.com. To get the ball rolling, here’s my Top 5: 1. Airbus named Alabama’s […]

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I will survive

Today, it’s official: the Lockheed Martin F-22 production line will finally expire in June 2012, which, of course, means the company and its congressional allies have exactly four years and 11 months to contrive a reason to keep the program alive. Anyone familiar with the ongoing saga of the Boeing C-17 production line knows that […]

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Newsflash: Boeing wins contract; nobody protests

Once upon a time (read: 2006), defense contractors didn’t file legal challenges against their biggest customer on contract decisions even if they KNEW there was wrongdoing involved. (Lockheed Martin’s loss of the original Small Diameter Bomb competition in 2003 comes to mind.) But all that changed after GAO upheld the first CSAR-X protest last January. […]

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