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Israeli Election Politics Slowing IAF Acquisitions

Posted by Arie Egozi on


The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) ground forces command want an immediate replacement for the CH-53 . “It is natural that operational needs differ, but this is the task of the highest command to evaluate the needs and make a decision,” a senior Israeli defense official said.

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Crunch Time For Israeli Air Force: F-15X Or F-35?

Posted by Arie Egozi on


Last month, the defense ministry issued official inquiries into acquiring both aircraft — but, for now, the budget can buy only one.

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Senate Passes Defense Bill, Prepares To Battle House On Nukes, War Powers

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The $750 billion defense policy bill sticks with the administration’s topline, but huge fights loom with the House version. Prepare for a long, hot summer.

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House Armed Services Scrutinizes F-35 Costs, ABMS, Army Modernization

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The HASC wants an independent cost estimate on the F-35 and some detail — any detail — on the plan to replace AWACS. It’s also a little curious about robot tanks.

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NDAA 2020: SASC Emphasizes Tech Race With China

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The senators’ draft of the annual defense bill puts a new emphasis on technological competition, including industrial policy moves to strengthen US companies.

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House Dems Block Wall Funds, Slash Sub, But Add F-35s

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The House Dems launch the first salvo in what promises to be a long defense budget saga, and they are drawing lines that will be hard to cross.

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Parts Problems Slow F-35 Production; CAPE Says Flying Costs Target Not Likely

Posted by Colin Clark on


F-35 Program Executive Officer Vice Adm. Mat Winter today told the HASC tactical air and land subcommittee that Lockheed was guilty of just that, adding that this had helped lead to a shortage of an average of 600 parts each month, causing production line slowdowns and cost increases.

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Lockheed Says It Can Fit 2 More Missiles In F-35 Bay

Posted by Colin Clark on


Adding extra firepower to the F-35 shows how loudly Lockheed hears the footsteps of Boeing’s F-15X approaching.

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DoDIG Completely Clears Shanahan Of Ethics Charges

Posted by Colin Clark on


Acting Defense Secretary Shanahan did not abuse his office, the DoD Inspector General found.

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2020 Budget: One Half Step Towards A Great Power Strategy

Posted by Mark Cancian on


The Trump defense budget takes significant steps to move from a focus on regional conflicts and counter-insurgency to a focus on great power conflicts. But the Army, Navy Air Force and Marines clearly are struggling with this balance.

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