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.

New ICBM Urged To Replace LGM-30 Minuteman III 
A new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) should be developed to replace the LGM-30 Minuteman III, according to a recently completed analysis of alternatives.
Future Bombers Under Study In China And Russia 3
China may follow Russia in bomber developments
Weight Saving Key To Boeing Joint Stars Platform Choice 
Lower weight, better performance and lower operating costs were the main reasons that Boeing is offering a platform based on the 737-700 for the U.S. Air Force’s Joint Stars (Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System) recapitalization program, according to Rod Meranda, business development lead for Boeing’s effort.
Boeing Sees Strong Position In Bomber Race 
A Boeing executive, speaking at the Air Force Association convention here, says that the company’s main concern is that the contract’s importance could drive rival Northrop Grumman into an "irrational" low bid.
E-Bomb Missile Development Could Start In 2016 
High-power microwave (HPM) technology could be ready for an operational weapon to start development in 2016, according to Maj. Gen. Tom Masiello, commander of the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).
Opinion: Bomber Secrecy Should Be Reviewed 16
Only mushrooms thrive in the dark
F-35 Fire: In Search Of A Solution 28
Operational debut is at risk of further slippage due to a safety-critical engine problem.
Opinion: How Airpower Discussions Are Warped 11
The ghost behind the airpower debate
Opinion: Britain's View of Naval Strategy 1
Subs, missile defense and Scotland
U.K. Mulls Sole-Source Buy For New Sub Hunter 
Britain could move soon to acquire ASW aircraft
House Panel Calls For Hybrid Airship Demo 

U.S. Army officials are planning to reveal their downselect of candidates for building the service’s Future Vertical Lift (FVL) aircraft next month; the decision had been expected this month.

House Panel Calls For Hybrid Airship Demo 
Language added to the fiscal 2015 defense budget bill calls for both the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Transportation Command to lead the effort, and to begin by soliciting "competitive bids for proof-of-concept demonstrations" for a global-range cargo craft.
Opinion: Missing Shows Points To Bigger JSF Problems 42
F-35 reliability is about more than Farnborough
Missile System Loopholes Could Be MH17 Factor 1

With mounting evidence that MH17 was shot down by Ukrainian separatist rebels who believed that they were engaging a military aircraft, attention is focusing on the Russian-built Almaz-Antey Buk-M1 ground-based air defense system (Gbads) that destroyed the airliner.

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