James Drew

James Drew
Defense Editor,
Aviation Week

A journalism graduate of the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, James moved to Washington, D.C. in January 2014 to pursue a career in defense trade reporting after more than two years writing for community newspapers in Brisbane. James began reporting for Inside Washington Publishers’ Inside the Air Force before moving to Flightglobal, where he traveled extensively as a Washington-based military aviation reporter for the company’s online and print publications. James is a former Australian Army Reserve rifleman with an interest in military hardware, media, photography and video production. He joined Aviation Week in June 2016.

USAF Wants Next-gen Fighter, Needs Money 
The U.S. Air Force has decided that it needs a new air superiority fighter, but it is going to cost American taxpayers a pretty penny.
GE Begins Low-Rate Production Of King Stallion’s T408 
As Sikorsky begins assembly of the first two operational CH-53Ks for the U.S. Marine Corps, GE Aviation has been awarded a $143 million contract for production of 22 more engines for the “King Stallion” heavy lifter.
USAF Standing Up Shadow Ops Center At Nellis AFB 
The U.S. Air Force plans to stand up a “Shadow Operations Center” at Nellis AFB in Nevada to test new concepts for multidomain operations involving air, space and cyber platforms and weapons: U.S. Air Force
Where Does Boeing Go After Planting 44th GBI? 
Boeing's future involvement in the multibillion-dollar Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) enterprise remains an open question.
U.S. Navy Shrugs Off Northrop’s MQ-25 Snub  35
Rear Adm. Mark Darrah says, “We’re going to move forward with our strategy."
Syracuse Boosts Radar Tech For Next Wave Of Military Contracts 
Lockheed Martin’s radar experts in Syracuse are introducing new air surveillance technologies to counter emerging threats from quadcopters to reentry vehicles.
First Operational MQ-4C Triton Being Prepped For Guam 
Northrop Grumman says it has delivered the first combat-coded MQ-4C Triton to Naval Base Ventura County in Point Mugu, California.
T-45 Training Returning To ‘Pre-Pause Levels’ 
In April, the U.S. Navy temporarily suspended some T-45 operations and introduced low-altitude flight restrictions following a spike in reports of hypoxia-like physiological episodes
USAF Still Undecided On J-Stars, OA-X 
The U.S. Air Force still hasn’t decided whether to proceed with a “J-Stars 2.0," or whether to buy a light attack fleet for low-threat counterinsurgency operations and combat pilot training.
ULA Won’t Confirm Vulcan Engine Amid Launch Race 
With proposals due by Nov. 20 for the U.S. Air Force’s competitive Launch Service Agreements program, United Launch Alliance CEO Tory Bruno says he “doesn’t know” which engine will be used on Vulcan because the rocket firm still hasn’t made that decision.
U.S. Air Force Avoids Space Corps Split—For Now 
Instead of being a Space Corps, Air Force Space Command will be modeled after the Army Air Corps of the early 1990s.
U.S. Defense Bill Would Boost Pentagon’s Aviation, Missile Accounts 
The $692 billion defense policy bill boosts missile defense and aviation accounts considerably compared to the White House’s May budget request.
Boeing Installs 44th GBI Interceptor As Trump Seeks 20 More 
Boeing has installed the last of 44 silo-based ballistic missile interceptors ordered by the former Obama administration as U.S. President Donald Trump requests funding from Congress for another 20.
USAF Picks Lockheed Laser For Shield Demo 
The U.S. Air Force will use a Lockheed Martin-built fiber laser weapon for fighter aircraft self-protection in a live-fire demonstration expected by 2021.
Lockheed Advancing Dual-Band AESA As Patriot Radar 
Lockheed Martin would offer a dual-band, active electronically scanned array radar to replace the U.S. Army’s Raytheon-built MPQ-65 Patriot missile defense fire control radar.
VH-92 Presidential Helo Passes Critical Design Review
July 27, 2016

Well spotted, although I suspect the Republican Party wishes Trump was getting around in an experimental helicopter...

Industry Pushes Back Against USAF Gulfstream EC-37B Plan
June 19, 2016

Nicely said all. There are so many aspects to this EC-37B story, and there's no right answer, but it keeps us reporters busy as everyone has their say. If this Gulfstream...

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