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Lockheed Dismisses $1 Trillion Estimate For F-35 JSF

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


FIGHTER DEMONSTRATION CENTER, ARLINGTON, VA: Lockheed Martin executives gathered to tout their F-35 Joint Strike Fighter dismissed a widely reported Pentagon estimate that the aircraft would ultimately cost $1.1 trillion to develop, build, and operate over 55 years. In fact, they argued, the F-35 will cost less to operate than the airplanes it will replace… Keep reading →

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Obama Should Copy Nixon: Avoid Foreign Conflicts, Use Allies, Invest in R&D

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: Nixon, Ford, and Carter aren’t anyone’s three favorite presidents. But defense policymakers today could learn something from how they handled the hard times of the 1970s: They shifted costly security burdens to foreign partners while pulling US forces out, and they cut defense budgets generally while protecting long-term investments in “seed corn” technologies that… Keep reading →

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F-35 Program Head Expresses ‘Great Confidence’ in Stealth, Sensors

Posted by Otto Kreisher on


The program executive officer for the problem-plagued F-35 said Thursday he has “great confidence” the multi-service fighter can deliver the oft-promised stealth and the sophisticated package of sensors. Vice Adm. David Venlet said he has “measured data” to show that. In a late afternoon address to an audience of defense and financial industry representatives, Venlet… Keep reading →

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Brits Bringing ‘Star Trek’ Tech To Battlefield

Posted by Carlo Munoz on


Washington: What was once science-fiction could become reality on the modern battlefield — cloaking technology that can make huge weapons virtually “disappear” — at least to sensors searching for them. British company BAE Systems will debut the system, known as ADAPTIV, 10 days from now at the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual conference here.… Keep reading →

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