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  1. Editorial: Closed Doors, Closed Minds

    Leaders and reporters were barred from talking to one another. Security guards and armed police officers body-blocked a member of the press. A policeman threatened to call the FBI if a man didn't delete the photos on his phone.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  2. Commentary: Budgets, Not Tech, May Delay US Army's Next Rotorcraft

    Though the US Army has yet to make a formal announcement, according to reports the Sikorsky-Boeing team and Bell Helicopter Textron have been selected for government-funded Joint Multi-Role (JMR) program technology demonstrations.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  3. Editorial: Bolster UK's Fleet

    Britain's 384 million contract last week to buy three new patrol boats for the Royal Navy was no surprise.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  4. Commentary: Strategic Budget Choices

    Within the complicated universe of military acquisition is a relatively new method of decision-making that forces the US Department of Defense and the military services to make choices that balance want versus need.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  5. Commentary: Short-Term Deal, Long-Term Implications

    The deal brokered last month by US Secretary of State John Kerry to end the election deadlock is a troubling sign for Afghanistan's future.

    • Aug. 7, 2014
  6. Commentary: Pentagon's Budget Reality

    The US Defense Department must prescribe for itself a large dose of budgetary realism and dramatically revamp how it builds its budget if it is to produce the best military it can under the severe resource constraints it faces.

    • Aug. 7, 2014
  7. Commentary: Cyber Deterrence Is Working

    Despite the mainstream view of cyberwar professionals and theorists, cyber deterrence is not only possible but has been working for decades.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  8. Commentary: iPad-Generation Pilots Will Unlock F-35 Capabilities

    Far from the PR fighting fields of Farnborough, the US Marine Corps is preparing for asurge in the combat capability of the Navy-Marine air/ground expeditionary force.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  9. Commentary: Protect the Front Door

    Washington's normally stoic international mergers and acquisitions community is unusually animated following the culmination of an unprecedented sequence of events.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  10. Editorial: Gear + Training = Capability

    While the 2014 edition of the Farnborough International Airshow last week will be known as the air show that the F-35 joint strike fighter missed, it was, in fact, a busy and successful show for Britain and the United States.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  11. Commentary: Acquisition Reform Vital

    The current US acquisition system includes programs valued at roughly $1.6 trillion. According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), more than $400 billion is cost growth and program delays.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  12. Editorial: Full Speed Ahead on F-35

    It's been a tough few weeks for the F-35 fighter program.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  13. Editorial: Britain Needs 2 Carriers

    Britain's nearly 20-year drive to get back into the big aircraft carrier game took a critical, if ceremonial, step forward last week, with the formal naming of the first of two giant ships.

    • Jul. 7, 2014
  14. Commentary: 'Sir, I Think I Found Something'

    Many big problems get dumped on the US Army. Recent examples include counterterrorism, counterinsurgency and nation-building in Iraq and Afghanistan. Count on the Army to figure things out.

    • Jul. 7, 2014
  15. Commentary: Creative Disruption on Horizon

    The hastened pace of technological change and an increasingly globalized industrial base have upended well-entrenched industries from automobile manufacturers to music studios.

    • Jul. 7, 2014
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