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NATO, Russia Prep Biggest War Games Since Cold War

Posted by Paul McLeary on


WASHINGTON: Within the next several weeks, both Russia and NATO will kick off some of the largest military exercises since the end of the Cold War. Hundreds of thousands of troops, tens of thousands of vehicles, hundreds of aircraft, and dozens of warships will charge into action in a series of mock engagements stretching from… Keep reading →

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Despite Trump’s Rhetoric, U.S. Defense Firms Pitch Moving Production To India

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As big defense firms line up to pitch their fighter planes to India, the government of Narendra Modi is demanding they build in India, something that might be at odds with the Trumpian America First philosophy.

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Will UK’s ‘Tempest’ Fighter End In A Teapot?

Posted by Colin Clark on


There’s been a great deal of dismissive skepticism among the cognoscenti gathered here.

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Raytheon Touts Aircraft Cyber Protection; Jordan Signs Deal

Posted by Colin Clark on


Raytheon has developed cyber tools to warn pilots and maintainers if their systems have been compromised and to find vulnerabilities. The company announced a contract today here to provide Jordan with cybersecurity for the planes that fly the royal family,

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Few Fighters Fly At Farnborough; F-35B Zips By

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FARNBOROUGH AIR SHOW: Are the biggest air shows becoming no-fly zones for military aircraft? Dominated today by the seemingly unending competition between Airbus and Boeing to see who announces the most commercial aircraft orders, this year’s show offers a very thin gruel of military aircraft flights or military aircraft on display. A UK F-35B flew… Keep reading →

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Mattis in Europe Shows His Influence, And Challenges of Translating Trump

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Fresh from the drama of Brussels, Defense Secretary Mattis visited NATO allies across Europe to preach stability, forward progress, and friendship. He remains a popular figure on the continent, but rumblings from Washington have the NATO alliance concerned.

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Farnborough Preview: Navarro Leads US Sales Push; Reaper Flies Atlantic To RIAT

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WASHINGTON: No Russians. Few Chinese. The F-35. And the man who has led the charge in America’s trade wars, Peter Navarro, at the head the American delegation, with lots of other senior American officials along eager to boost bilateral sales of US weapons and civilian aircraft. Those are the early outlines of what we’ll see at this… Keep reading →

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Nordics Unite For Cross Border Air Combat Training; Thanks Russia!

Posted by Robbin Laird on


During the past couple of years, I’ve focused on the part of Europe which is very serious about defense, namely, Northern Europe. The Danes, the Norwegians, the Swedes and the Finns, all have refocused efforts on defense of their nations, but they’ve done so in a broader regional context.   As my colleague Harald Malmgren… Keep reading →

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Clash of Strategies: Capability Or Capacity, Today Or Tomorrow?

Posted by Mark Cancian on


As the Pentagon finishes its strategic review, the stage is set for another struggle over whether to ready for a high-end war with Russia or China or just manage the current, much lower intensity battles around the world. In military terms it’s a choice between capability and capacity. The outcome will shape the four services… Keep reading →

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Boost The US Bomber Force: Dollars vs. Operational Needs

Posted by Mark Gunzinger on


The United States Air Force should consider shifting its balance of its strike forces from fighters to long-range bombers. At the end of the Cold War, the Air Force’s combat aircraft inventory included 411 bombers. Today, it has a total of 158 B-1, B-52, and B-2 bombers, of which only 96 are designated as Primary… Keep reading →

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