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Defense News - 30th Anniversary

Covering the Nexus of Business and Politics in Defense

From the very beginning, Defense News knew how to deliver a good story, like the one involving Defen…

Honoring Three Decades in Defense

Since Our First Issue in 1986, ‘All is Flux, Nothing Stays the Same’

Commentaries

Defense Tales From the UK Side of the Atlantic

When Defense News first hit the street in 1986, the Cold War was edging toward a close, and thoughts…

How Times Have Changed: Reflecting on Decades at Defense News

It’s been a privilege to witness the evolution in political correctness, but more importantly in equ…

Influencers

Saddam Hussein — Trigger for Enduring War

For the generations of war waged during his life and the scourge of jihadist terror triggered after…

William Perry — Reshaping the Industry

Under President Bill Clinton, William Perry served as deputy defense secretary for a year before bei…

Shimon Peres — Civilian Warrior and Visionary for Peace

No Israeli public figure had a more profound influence on the nation’s strategic posture, on the Mid…

Norm Augustine — Industry Visionary

Beyond creating the world's largest defense contractor, Augustine’s individual contributions to defe…

Vladimir Putin — Self-Styled Iron Man

It’s hard to imagine any single figure with more influence over the current course of geopolitical e…

Andrew Marshall — Strategic Adviser

By the sheer fact he spent more than 40 years in the Pentagon advising secretaries of defense on big…

Deng Xiaoping — Enabling China's Rise

The de-facto controller of the world’s largest nation implemented economic reforms which saw China e…

The House Freedom Caucus — A Shadow Party Created

GOP leaders, like the House Freedom Caucus, these days talk more about responsible federal budgeting…

Robert Gates — Influential Insider

Among US defense secretaries, Bob Gates, who held the job from 2006 to 2011, stands out for both his…

Osama bin Laden — 9/11 Mastermind

The federal government had a watchful eye on the al-Qaida leader long before he masterminded the att…

Innovations

GPS — Precise Comms, from ICBMs to Uber

Today, GPS is used by the military to guide intercontinental ballistic missiles and precision muniti…

The Internet — A Networked World

For many, the digital explosion came by way of the World Wide Web — a specific set of protocols avai…

IEDs — Cheap, But Brutally Effective

No other weapon has become more synonymous with modern asymmetrical warfare and driven the technolog…

Virtual Reality — Training Transformation

The gaming industry gets a lot of credit for expanding virtual reality from concept to, well, realit…

Stealth Technology — A Game Changer

Retired Lt. Gen. Dave Deptula, now dean of the Mitchell Institute and a member of the Defense News a…

Networked Systems — Defense Architecture Goes Global

Network-centric systems relying on mass capabilities rather than individual systems continue to grow…

Commercial Space — A Second Space Race Reignited

When NASA ended its space shuttle program in 2011, analysts questioned whether the space agency — an…

Unmanned Systems — Revolutionizing Modern Warfare

Unmanned systems proved irreplaceable during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, from the stealthy RQ-…

Ballistic Missile Defense — A System of Deterrence

Growing from Reagan-era Star Wars concepts of the Strategic Defense Initiative, ballistic missile de…

Tactical Networks — Democratized Decision-Making

The advent of new communications gear for front-line troops has revolutionized the conduct of ground…

Initiatives

Base Realignment and Closure — A Bitter Pill

There were BRAC rounds in 1988, 1991, 1993 and 1995, but the most notorious is the 2005 edition.

US Navy Ship Design — Technological Leap of Faith

Taken together, the Zumwalt-class destroyers, Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carriers and the Littora…

China's Navy — A Growing Force

The fastest-growing naval force over the past 30 years is, by far, China’s People’s Liberation Army…

Rapid Fielding Initiative — Putting Soldiers at the Center

The Army’s Program Executive Office Soldier launched the Rapid Fielding Initiative in 2002 in respon…

MRAP — Rapid Acquisition Success

The Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle program is considered the model to follow when getting a…

Strategic Defense Initiative — A Controversial Legacy

Declaring the US was lagging the Soviet Union in the nuclear arms race, President Ronald Reagan laun…

F-35 – Too Big to Fail?

The F-35, doubtlessly the single most notorious program in the history of defense acquisition, is "t…

Budget Control Act – Birth of Sequestration

The 2011 Budget Control Act has been no friend to the Department of Defense. Since its passage, the…

Goldwater-Nichols – A New Chain of Command

The Goldwater-Nichols Defense Reorganization Act of 1986 emerged from a high-stakes struggle to rede…

Future Combat Systems – Acquisition Gone Wrong

It’s hard to overstate the disastrous effect that the FCS program has had on Army acquisition.