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
Opinion: A Better LCS—Or An All-New Frigate?  2
The Navy wants to fix the Littoral Combat Ship, but the changes are so extensive that it might make more sense to start over.
Deputy Defense Secretary Hints At New Fiscal ’16 Tech Programs
An “advanced aeronautics” prototyping project, including airframes and propulsion, is one of a number of new and accelerated technology projects in the fiscal 2016 defense budget, according to Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work.
Strategic Cruise Missile Defined As USAF Seeks Minuteman Replacement
The Pentagon has finished a secret analysis of alternatives (AoA) for the Long Range Standoff (LRSO) project, a cruise missile to replace today’s AGM-86 Air-Launched Cruise Missile
U.S. Sub Stealth Technology Could Be Challenged, Report Suggests 
Even the U.S. Navy’s new Ohio Replacement Program ballistic-missile submarines, with designs focused on low noise, could be vulnerable to new detection techniques, according to lead writer and former submariner Bryan Clark.
Joint Strike Fighter Tests Focused On Marine IOC  8
Critical independent testing report looks at F-35 test priorities and notes that its focus on the Marine Corps’ first operational squadron has a price.
JSF Program Ditches Tests To Protect Schedule 31
A major operational test series planned for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has been abandoned in an attempt to protect the schedule for delivering a fully operational aircraft, according to the just-released fiscal 2014 report on the program from the Pentagon’s Director of Operational Test & Evaluation.
Air Force Wants Eight New Engines On B-52 
The U.S. Air Force issued a little-reported request for information in October 2014, formally calling for ideas for re-engining its fleet of 76 Boeing B-52H bombers.
Air Force May Offer Late-Year Peek At New Bomber 
Some details of the so-far highly classified Long-Range Strike Bomber (LRSB) could be unveiled late this year, an Air Force official says.
Pogosyan Ousted From UAC Top Job 
Mikhail Pogosyan, general director of Russia’s United Aircraft Company since January 2011, was removed from office on Friday Jan. 16 by the company’s board.
Brazil Trades Partnership Against National Capability In Defense Programs 
One size does not fit all: imports, partnerships and national independent programs all feature in Brazil’s defense acquisitions.
Opinion: Joint Strike Fighter Debate Enters New Phase 43
It looks as if the F-35 could meet its key performance parameter requirements, but that is a narrow definition of success.
V-22 Gets Military’s OK For Carrier Transport Role 
The Marine Corps and civilian and military leadership have agreed to define a version of the Bell-Boeing MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor to perform the carrier onboard delivery (COD) mission, ultimately replacing the Northrop Grumman C-2A Greyhound, which has performed the specialized role since the 1960s.
 
Blogs
Jan 30, 2015
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Iraqi Airways 767 at Frankfurt Hahn Airport

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Jan 30, 2015
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Passenger, Çargo Middle East Growth Rate #MROME

The Middle East region is forecast to have the highest RPK (revenue passenger kilometers) growth rate, but another region outpaces in cargo traffic over the period....More
Jan 29, 2015
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Supersonic Scoop (1947) 1

Aviation Week scored one of the biggest aerospace scoops of the 20th century when on December 22, 1947, it revealed that the fabled sound barrier had been broken by U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles ‘Chuck’ Yeager in the Bell XS-1....More
Jan 26, 2015
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New Photos: Chilled Lightning 5

F-35 begins extreme climate testing....More
Jan 26, 2015
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Boeing 777 -- Unveiling A Design Classic (1990) 3

No matter how you gauge the success of Boeing’s 777, whether in terms of sales, profitability, safety, versatility, longevity or derivatives, few can argue the remarkable impact the twinjet has made on the industry since entering service almost 20 years ago....More
Jan 23, 2015
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When Lockheed Martin Won The JSF Award (2001) 18

During its nearly 100 years of coverage, Aviation Week & Space Technology has covered many controversial programs. Perhaps none has been as big in terms of sheer value and global reach as the nine-nation, stealthy F-35 fighter project....More
Jan 22, 2015
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10 Things To Watch In The 2016 Budget Request

Six years into his presidency, President Barack Obama is planning to finally submit his budget request to Congress on time—meaning the week of Feb. 2 this year....More
Jan 21, 2015
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NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Finds Icy Ceres Cratered 2

"We know so much about the solar system and yet so little about dwarf planet Ceres," said Marc Rayman, Dawn's mission manager. "Now, Dawn is ready to change that."...More

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