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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
  16. Commentary: Put Human Rights at Center of Gulf Strategy

    The day after US Assistant Secretary of State Anne Patterson spoke at the US-Islamic World Forum in Doha, Qatar, on June 9, the violent extremists of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) took control of Iraq's second largest city, Mosul, sendin

    • Jun. 30, 2014
  17. Editorial: Don't Micromanage AMPV

    With US defense budgets dropping and new program starts dwindling, what work remains is engendering more furious competition than ever before.

    • Jun. 30, 2014
  18. Commentary: Asia's Amphibious Re-awakening

    When the US Marine Corps (USMC) recently conducted a small-scale landing on Peninsular Malaysia's South China Sea coast, a regular feature of the bilateral Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training exercise, they were carrying a torch for what Marines hav

    • Jun. 23, 2014
  19. Commentary: Consolidate US Acquisition Agencies

    The debate between the Obama administration and Congress over how to keep defense spending within the confines set by the Budget Control Act has fallen into a familiar ritual. The administration proposes a mix of cuts to '

    • Jun. 23, 2014
  20. Editorial: Act Fast & Build Longer Strategy

    The startling speed with which Iraq has become unhinged has sent shockwaves through the region, and Washington has struggled to influence the outcome in a country where it fought a bloody and costly war that Americans hoped had ended more than two years a

    • Jun. 23, 2014
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