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
New Weapons Unveiled At Airshow China
New guided weapon systems for air defense, airborne attack and surface-to-surface use have been unveiled at the China Airshow.
China Testing Mobile Space Launcher
The FT-1 launcher has been designed alongside a small satellite platform as a space emergency response system.
JSF Program Office Looks At Canada F-35 Swap 

A radical fast-track plan to jump-start Canada’s stalled effort to buy the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is revealed in a briefing document obtained by Aviation Week.

J-20 Stealth Fighter Design Balances Speed And Agility 35
China’s new J-20 stealth fighter design points to highly specific mission requirements.
JSF Program Office Looks At Canada F-35 Swap 7
A radical fast-track plan to jump-start Canada’s stalled effort to buy the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is revealed in a briefing document obtained by Aviation Week.
Brazil And Sweden Close Gripen Deal 
Signature of a contract for 36 Saab JAS 39E/F Gripen fighters for Brazil—covering technology transfer, the development of the JAS 39F two-seater and a substantial role in the program for Embraer and other Brazilian companies—is a turning point in Gripen’s history, Saab officials say.
'Third Offset' Addresses Operational and Economic Challenges 1
The Pentagon’s proposed new strategy—Third Offset—builds on operational challenges faced in the 1950s and 1970s—that took advantage of U.S. technological leadership to overcome operational challenges.
New Strategy Would Cut F-35s, Boost Bombers and UAVs 12
The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments paper details the roles of new and existing systems in the Third Offset strategy; a larger role for the Long-Range Strike Bomber is one of several systems listed.
What We Know So Far About The J-20 1

Ahead of the Zhuhai air show, Aviation Week's International Defense Editor Bill Sweetman talks to Defense Managing Editor Jen DiMascio about the J-20 Chinese fighter.

Darpa Sets Computer Chip Speed Record 
Dev Palmer, program manager at Darpa, says applications for the new technology are in their early stages “because until now the work has suffered from a lack of high-power sources.”
Opinion: Bumbling Caused B-52 Reengining Delay 30
USAF is taking a serious look at reengining the Boeing B-52. The question is not whether it makes sense, but why it hasn’t been done.
 
Blogs
Dec 23, 2014
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Europeans Plan Joint Tanker Transport Fleet 1

The Netherlands, Norway and Poland are preparing negotiations with Airbus Military and Space on the acquisition of a joint fleet of four Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft....More
Dec 22, 2014
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Dec 18, 2014
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