David Fulghum

David Fulghum
Articles
Attack Operations For Iran Weighed
Israel fears U.S. caution will enable Iran to build a nuclear weapon
Israel Monitors Borders with Specialized ISR
Israel hones its ability to monitor its many volatile borders
Loose Arms From Syria Worry Israeli Intelligence 

The fall of the Syrian government would not be good news for Israel. It could, among other perils, trigger another massive dump of arms—including ballistic and air defense missiles as well as chemical weapons of mass destruction—onto the black market.

“What will happen to Bashar [Assad, Syria's president] is very interesting to us, but it is also a great mystery,” says Col. Erez Viezel, a conceptual planner for Israeli Defense Intelligence (IDI). “We want to know how much control he has over the things that threaten us.”

Higher-Altitude Arrow Design To Show Its Potential
Israel's military is ready to test a complete, long-range ballistic missile defense system
Israel’s Long Reach Exploits Unmanned Aircraft
New command takes on responsibility for cross-border intelligence
Israel Hones Active Air Defense System
Attack and defense of Israel creates a de-confliction nightmare
First Full-Size NGJ Design Flies 

Key portions of the U.S. Navy's most sophisticated electronic attack weapon are emerging from the laboratories. At least two candidate elements—a reduced-signature pod and an advanced power generating system from Northrop Grumman—are flying.

The $2 billion Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) program—that would allow combat aircraft to penetrate sophisticated air defenses—is expected to be awarded to a single contractor almost exactly a year from now.

Israel, U.S. Agree To $450 Million In F-35 EW Work
A deal for Israeli EW on JSFs follows affordability and capability debates
Solitary Genius Trumped By The Socially Adept
The 'lone wolf' cannot compete against integrated cyberteams
Israel Embraces ‘Faster, Cheaper, Smaller’
IAI boosts spending on R&D and advanced technologies to win foreign customers
Fewer, Smaller Unmanned Combat Aircraft In U.S. Future 

The future of large aircraft used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) is undergoing a major change, with many older, tested designs shuffling toward retirement.

Replacing them are penetrating manned and unmanned combat aircraft—including F-22, F-35 and unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAV) with enhanced, non-traditional ISR integrated with their attack capabilities. In addition, these designs will be linked with other stealth platforms on and under the sea and in space.

Raiding Iran Triggers Discussion Of When And How
U.S. military planners ponder when a kinetic attack might make sense
Iran’s Arms Programs Continue To Accelerate
Congress tackles conundrum: What works if threats do not?
Innovative New Battle Plans Face Rough Water 

The specter of sequestration is not yet affecting either U.S. Air Force or Navy planning, nor is it slowing down the services' decision to enter contracts, say top commanders.

But it is undermining the defense industry and executives making long- range plans must consider whether to buy long-lead items for projects that could be at risk, military leaders contend. Those early decisions could affect the success and shape of new AirSea Battle plans.

Darpa To Design Pentagon’s Digital Tools 

After years of frustration in the development of cybertools, cyberpolicy and cybercommand and control, both the White House and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency have new initiatives.

Plan X is Darpa's concept to improve cyberwarfare weaponry, define operational employment and deflect counterattacks. The program is expected to invest $110 million into research during the next five years to support offensive military operations.

 
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Apr 28, 2015
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