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
World Wide Weapons
Abu Dhabi’s IDEX 2015 defense show in late February highlighted the rapid globalization of the defense industry, with collaborative efforts that brought industries together from Europe, the U.S., Africa and Asia.
Lasers Technology Targets Mini-UAVs 
Two German teams are working on a military-funded program that could lead to a world first: an operational air-defense laser.
New Attack Aircraft Is Key To Paramount’s Expansion 
Paramount Group’s new Advanced High-performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft is on the way to full production by 2017.
Compact Aerial Sensor Detects Maritime Targets 
New sensor combines a high-definition electro-optic camera with automatic target detection algorithms to detect small maritime targets.
Airburst Round Extends Lethality Over Wide Range 
CTA International developing an anti-air airburst round for use against airborne targets.
Opinion: T-X Points To Unhealthy Defense Partnership  5
The U.S. likes to talk about international defense partnerships, but the reality is that the home industry’s interests always come first.
T-X RFI Calls For Fighter Agility 
The U.S. Air Force has released the initial request for information (RFI) for a replacement for its T-38 trainer, the T-X Advanced Pilot Training Family of Systems (ATP FoS).
New Radars, IRST Strengthen Stealth-Detection Claims 27
There used to be stealth aircraft and non-stealth aircraft, but new detection technology is making that distinction more complicated.
Swedish-Saudi Dispute Could Threaten Future Sales 
A diplomatic dispute between Sweden and Saudi Arabia could threaten future defense sales but leaves current deals intact.
Opinion: Ambitious Marine Plans For F-35B Should Be Tested Early  16
Marine leaders believe that their JSF will be a war-winner. They should be given a chance to show how their plans will work.
U.K.’s Conservative Party May Commit To Defense Budget Goal 
The U.K.’s Conservative Party may promise to hold defense spending at 2% of gross domestic product before the country’s general election in May, according to Michael Fallon, the secretary of state for defense.
Sweden To Fit Cruise Missile To Gripen 
The Swedish air force will prepare a requirement for an air-launched land-attack cruise missile “in the next few months,” chief of staff Maj. Gen. Micael Byden tells Aviation Week.
Opinion: Looking For Answers To The Navy’s Uclass Mystery 19
The story of the Navy’s stealth unmanned air vehicle has taken some new turns. Is a secret project behind the changes?
Typhoon Upgrades In Search Of Middle East Customers 
With production drying up, Eurofighter partners are spending money on Typhoon upgrades in hopes to catch an impending wave of Middle East fighter orders.
CTA Developing Anti-Airburst Round For CTA40 Gun 
The round is expected to have “100% kill probability” at 2 km range and will be effective out to 4 km, with a normal eight-round burst.
 
Blogs
Mar 27, 2015
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U. S., Russian Astronauts Reach International Space Station for One Year Stay 6

"He will do great," predicted NASA astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore, who returned to Earth after 5 1/2 months on the ISS earlier this month. Wilmore watched Scott Kelly's lift off from NASA's Mission Control in Houston....More
Mar 26, 2015
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Open Skies Over Benelux And Germany

Cold War kids like me still remember the Open Skies treaty, the 1992 agreement by members of NATO and the then Warsaw Pact to allow observation flights over their territory as a confidence-building measure....More
Mar 26, 2015
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Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies The Gripen (1999)

In 1999, Aviation Week's then Editor-in-Chief reported on the capabilities of the Saab Gripen. Read his pilot report....More
Mar 25, 2015
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Kepler Achievements Recognized by National Air and Space Museum

"We are discovering all kinds of exotic planets, worlds that have oceans of molten rock, worlds that have not one but two stars rising in the East and setting in the West," said Natalie Batalha, Kepler mission scientist....More
Mar 24, 2015
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NavWeek: Semper Why 3

As the U.S. Marine Corps continues to tack back to its expeditionary core and the U.S. remains on course for its Asia-Pacific rebalance, the question of the force’s relevance is again coming to the fore....More
Mar 21, 2015
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SpaceX's Gwynne Shotwell Talks Raptor, Falcon 9, CRS-2, Satellite Internet and More 5

During a March 17 luncheon Shotwell touched on developments underway at the Hawthorne, California-based company....More
Mar 20, 2015
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Germany To Boost Defense Spending

Germany's finance minister says the pacifist nation must shoulder more military commitments in the coming years....More
Mar 19, 2015
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NASA's MAVEN Spacecraft Spots Martian Aurora, Unexplained Dust Cloud

"What's especially surprising about the aurora we saw is how deep in the atmosphere it occurs," said Arnaud Stiepen, a University of Colorado researcher....More

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