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
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.
Denial And Disinformation Will Shape Future Warfare  8
2014 was a year in which world peace broke out as long as your standard for conflict was declared and open war between nation-states. The actual picture was very different, with two major wars in the Middle East and a European state facing the real threat of being dismantled.
Seoul's Budget Targets North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons 
South Korea ups its defense funding request to guard against North Korea’s nuclear-weapons stock and begins budgeting for the 2025 launch of the KF-X.
Russian Actions Prompt Europe-Wide Defense Expansion 
Sweden and Poland have notably stepped up their defense plans, but almost all of the European nations are boosting defense capabilities in light of aggressive actions in Russia
Japan Stretches Defense Purchases 
Japan’s defense ministry seeks more funding but may not get it. New maritime-patrol aircraft, additional fighter jets and funding to support R&D programs in 2015 are in the budget request.
2015 World Conflict Guide: Middle East and Africa 2
Two major events of 2014 will continue to shape conflict in the Middle East and Africa in the coming year: the eruption of the Islamic State’s army in Syria and Iraq, and Israel’s attempt, in Operation Protective Edge, to eliminate the threat of rocket fire and tunnel attacks from Hamas in Gaza.
Gulf States May Decide Future Of Western Fighter Programs 
The Middle East states have varying degrees of influence in defense programs. The U.S. and Russia are poised to benefit, while manufacturers in Europe have been, for the most part, disappointed.
2015 World Conflict Guide: Asia, Europe and the Americas 4
In 2015, Russia’s resurgent military ambitions are likely to conflict with internal economic turbulence. The international reaction to its actions in the Crimea and Ukraine, and to renewed activity by long-range air strike forces, has played a part in destabilizing the currency.
 
Blogs
Mar 2, 2015
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1969: The Concorde's Hopeful First Flight

On March 2, 1969, Aviation Week’s Donald Fink was on hand to witness the first flight of the supersonic Anglo-French Concorde in Toulouse, France....More
Mar 1, 2015
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U. S. Spacewalkers Complete Space Station Docking Port Antenna Installations, Cable Extensions

"That was an amazing effort," said NASA spacewalker Terry Virts....More
Feb 27, 2015
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NavWeek: Running With the Pac

The general feeling among many of China’s naval neighbors and in U.S. military circles is that China has been turning into a bit of a bully in (re)staking territorial claims in the seas off its coasts....More
Feb 27, 2015
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A400M Faces Production Challenges in 2015

Initially, Airbus was supposed to deliver 22 aircraft to at least four customers this year....More
Feb 27, 2015
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Pilot Report: Flying The Embraer 170 (2003)

Former Editor-in-Chief Dave North wrote pilot reports on more than 120 aircraft during his career at Aviation Week. His visits to Embraer began in 1978, long before the Brazilian company’s privatization and emergence as a powerhouse in regional jets. Here, he recalls his Embraer experiences, culminating in a test flight of the E170....More
Feb 26, 2015
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France's Defense Procurement Agency Saved By Rafale Sale

French exports were up in 2014, but the year ahead brings uncertainty....More
Feb 25, 2015
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Inside The Roc's Lair 15

A rare glimpse of the world's largest aircraft under assembly in Mojave, California...More
Feb 25, 2015
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Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies The Lockheed Martin U-2 (1999)

In 1999 Aviation Week's former Editor-in-Chief reached the highest altitude he had ever flown, in a U-2. Read his pilot report....More

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