Bill Sweetman

Bill Sweetman
Senior International Defense Editor,
Aviation Week & Space Technology

Bill's 40-year career as an aerospace and defense journalist has covered almost every aspect of the topic, from satellites to submarines, from infantry gear to classified ultra-stealthy bombers and from nano-UAVs to aircraft carriers. He was the first reporter to suggest that a funny Euro-Project called Airbus might be going somewhere, that the Eurofighter had a nasty streak in the low-speed, high-alpha envelope and that Boeing’s 7J7 and Sonic Cruiser were vaporware. Bill played a key role in breaking stories about the classified RQ-170 and RQ-180 UAVs, and the still-secret stealth helicopter used in the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in May 2011.
 
He is a regular speaker and international conferences, is frequently interviewed or cited as an authority on technical issues - stealth technology in particular - by U.S. and global media and is the leading independent expert on the Joint Strike Fighter program. Bill’s groundbreaking work on stealth received simultaneous and detailed attention from the CIA and the GRU, the Soviet military intelligence agency. 
 
The 2013 Jesse H. Neal award for Best Subject-Related Package was awarded to Bill and other members of Aviation Week's defense team for their package "Balance of Fear: Iran, Israel and the Calculus of War." The same package won the award for Best In-Depth Feature at the 2013 Aerospace Media Awards.
 
Bill has also received Aerospace Journalist of the Year awards from the Royal Aeronautical Society in 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2007.

Articles
Canada Backtracks On 2010 Fighter Claims 
For the customer, the most important difference between new fighters is not whether they’re stealthy, but how long they’re expected to be around.
Marines Propose Rapidly Mobile F-35 Operations 11
Old-school Stovl: U.S. Marines’ plan for operating under fire looks a lot like the Royal Air Force’s Cold War doctrine.
UAVs And Passive Radars Shown At Zhuhai 
Zhuhai airshow exhibits provide glimpse of China’s progress in UAVs, launchers and radar systems, but many details remain obscure.
Podcast: The Hunt for A Foreign Submarine Off Scotland
London Bureau Chief Tony Osborne and International Defense Editor Bill Sweetman discuss the U.K.'s recent trouble hunting for a possibly Russian submarine and what it says about their state of readiness.
Opinion: China’s Radar and Missile Work Means More Than Fighters 6
Everyone pays attention to China’s new fighters, but the most important developments may be closer to the ground.
China Defense Close-Up
China’s Zhuhai air show this year may have been the best ever in terms of new defense exhibits.
Podcast: What We Saw at the China Airshow

Aviation Week's Bill Sweetman discusses the key takeaways from the recent China Airshow with Joe Anselmo. In addition to China's development of military aircraft, Sweetman details the tremendous push toward missile systems, radars and other command and control systems.

Boeing Stays In F-16 Upgrade Race

LONDON—Boeing plans to continue competing with Lockheed Martin for F-16 upgrade business despite the cancellation of BAE Systems’ contract to modernize Korea’s F-16s, according to company officials attending the Defense IQ International Fighter conference here.

Boeing Stays In F-16 Upgrade Race 
Boeing plans to continue competing with Lockheed Martin for F-16 upgrade business despite the cancellation of BAE Systems’ contract to modernize Korea’s F-16s.
F-35 Plans Reduce USAF Readiness 
The biggest effect is in maintenance, where the still-developing F-35 force, with its automated diagnostics and logistics system still far from mature, is demanding and getting large infusions of experienced maintenance people.
Darpa/Northrop Grumman Team Boost Chip Speed 
Darpa-led team creates fastest-ever solid-state integrated amplifier
Human Rights Defender Alan Dershowitz’s Views On Israeli Conflict 
Senior Defense Editor Bill Sweetman talks with Alan Dershowitz, a booster for the Israeli cause, about morality and warfare in general and in that country in particular.
Opinion: Pentagon Moves Complicate Fighter Plans 8
Selling military airplanes is not just about hardware. It is the start of a decades-long relationship.
Trends In Chinese Defense Technology Highlighted At Zhuhai Show 
While eyes are on China’s stealth aircraft, much more work is being carried out on missiles and radars. Will that pattern be sustained?
 
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