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    F-35 Survives

    During markup of the National Defense Authorization Act, many feared that funding for the F-35 would be stripped from the bill. But conservatives successfully blocked efforts to slow down the process. This is a huge win for U.S. national security. The F-35 Lightning is set to become the world’s leading … More

    The Real Secret Behind the Stealth Fighter

    Fox News’ Allison Barrie lauded the F-35 program recently, saying: Last Friday, the U.S. Marine Corps’ VMFAT-501 training squadron in Florida’s Eglin AFB launched its first F-35B eight-ship, flew a mission, hot-pit refueled and went back up again. This mission is the latest in a series of promising steps forward … More

    Tomorrow’s Army Shouldn’t Have to Rely on Yesterday’s Technology

    A recent report illustrates how miles of red tape are hindering the nation’s ability to properly fund and equip the military. The Army Science Board’s report on the strategic direction of the U.S. Army’s science and technology (S&T) efforts warned that the Army’s 2012 S&T Master Plan “lacks an S&T … More

    Marines Ready to Respond in Northern Africa

    Asked about the attack last fall on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, President Obama asserted, “our job with respect to Benghazi has been to find out exactly what happened, to make sure that U.S. embassies not just in the Middle East but around the world are safe and secure and … More

    General Amos: Marine Corps “Will Be Very, Very Strained” by Sequestration

    At a House Armed Services Committee hearing this week, U.S. Marine Corps Commandant General James Amos admitted that the Marines will be “very, very strained to be a one-MCO [major contingency operation] Marine Corps” under sequestration budget cuts. MCOs refer to the ability to engage in a major war or … More

    Air Force to Ground 1 in 3 Aircraft Over Budget Concerns

    Just days before President Obama released his fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget request, the Air Force reported that it will have to ground one-third of its aircraft due to budget constraints. Operations and maintenance accounts will be hit particularly hard, causing the Air Force to severely restrict which of its … More

    How Sequestration Budget Cuts Could Affect U.K. Defense

    If sequestration becomes a reality in January 2013, the Department of Defense (DOD) will cut another $500 billion from an already slashed defense budget. These cuts are likely to negatively affect many American allies—especially the United Kingdom. Here are two programs that London should watch carefully: 1. The Short Take … More

    It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter!

    On November 15, the 33rd Fighter Wing of the U.S. Air Force successfully completed training and flying exercises in its operational utility evaluation (OUE) for the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). This milestone means the Air Force now has four newly qualified F-35A pilots and 135 tested personnel qualified to … More

    Air Force Celebrates 65th Birthday

    Today marks the 65th birthday of the United States Air Force. Since 1947, the Air Force has served the U.S. as the dominant air power in the world. With thousands of years and miles of service among the airmen and amazing successes such as the SR-71 program and the no-fly … More

    Why the Department of Defense Should Be Watching the Dutch Elections

    Later this week, voters in the Netherlands will elect a new government after the center-right coalition government, led by Prime Minister Mark Rutte, collapsed in April. Unsurprisingly, the top election issue is the eurozone crisis and how it is affecting the Dutch economy. Other issues, such as the continued Dutch … More