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Aerospace Sales To China Rise; Defense Exports To World Drop: AIA

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


A new Aerospace Industries Association study underlines international interdependence amidst today’s trade wars.

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Uncle Sam Wants YOU To Compete For Army Network Upgrade: CS 21

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Gone are the days of a stately, deliberate, laborious acquisition process in which the Army would plan out the future in detail before going to industry. “We’d almost always guess wrong,” said Maj. Gen. David Bassett. “Eventually we’d deliver yesterday’s technology tomorrow.”

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LogX: DARPA Aims to Fix Supply Chain

Posted by Barry Rosenberg on


DARPA’s LogX program will move DoD logistics and supply chain data to the cloud.

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AIA’s Fanning On Trump’s Trade Wars, Allies & Arms Exports

Posted by Colin Clark on


“Some of the things the president is doing very forcefully to support American industry are good for American aerospace and defense. Other things could aggregate up second and third order effects in ways that create  problems,” said Eric Fanning, head of the Aerospace Industries Association.

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EU Steps Up Its Defense Spending, But Washington Says Not So Fast

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Is the European Defence Fund a long-overdue move by US allies to take more responsibility for their own security? Or a bid to exclude US companies from European arms markets?

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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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Let The (War) Games Begin: Army Buying High-Tech Training Sims

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


After decades using the same clunky simulators, the Army is about to buy new sims drawing on the latest innovations in online gaming.

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Beyond Chinook: Army Secretary Challenges Industry To Revolutionize Heavy Lift

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


A light scout and a mid-size transport remain Army aviation’s top two priorities, Secretary Mark Esper said, but industry needs to start thinking about the next heavy-lift aircraft and stop fighting against cuts to the venerable CH-47.

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F-35 Parts Problems At Heart Of Low Readiness Rates: GAO

Posted by Colin Clark on


“F-35 aircraft performance is falling short of warfighter requirements—that is, aircraft cannot perform as many missions or fly as often as required. This lower-than-desired aircraft performance is due largely to F-35 spare parts shortages and difficulty in managing and moving parts around the world”

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Build A ‘Five Eyes’ For Military Tech Sharing: Greenwalt

Posted by Paul McLeary on


As the US and its allies scramble to stay ahead of China and Russia, a bold proposal for a massive revamp of tech sharing emerges.

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