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: 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?
New Chinese Systems Boost Anti-Access And Counterstealth 

ZHUHAI, China—As China’s defense industry and armed forces roll out new weapons and technologies and continue the nation’s military transformation, some strong patterns are emerging, including an emphasis on counterstealth technologies.

Zhuhai 2014: Defense Technology Banquet 1

The biennial Zhuhai air show is a banquet for observers of Chinese defense technology. Although nuclear-capable missiles and the latest developmental and operational air force systems are absent, China’s policy of ensuring that there are multiple suppliers in all key areas results in many new programs at Zhuhai. This year, counterstealth technology and advanced missiles were in the forefront.

New Chinese Systems Boost Anti-Access And Counterstealth 
As China’s defense industry and armed forces roll out new weapons and technologies and continue the nation’s military transformation, some strong patterns are emerging, including an emphasis on counterstealth technologies.
 
Blogs
Jan 30, 2015
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Jan 29, 2015
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Supersonic Scoop (1947) 3

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

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Jan 26, 2015
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Boeing 777 -- Unveiling A Design Classic (1990) 4

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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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