Defense http://aviationweek.com/taxonomy/term/7353/more en Opinion: No Air Force? No Way! http://aviationweek.com/defense/opinion-no-air-force-no-way <div class="field-byline"> By Charles A. Blanchard and Gen. (ret.) Norton A. Schwartz </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><span style="font-size: 13px;">In early 2001, pundits were challenging the continued relevance of ground forces in the 21st century. The incoming Bush administration was already discussing significant cuts in the size of the U.S. Army in an effort described as transformation. The pundits, of course, w</span></p> <p><img alt="" src="/site-files/aviationweek.com/files/uploads/2014/08/AW_08_25_2014_2951.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 301px; float: right;" title="Schwartz was Air Force chief of staff 2008-12." /></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/defense/opinion-no-air-force-no-way" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/defense/opinion-no-air-force-no-way#comments Defense AWIN Viewpoint Global Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:38:00 +0000 1175441 at http://aviationweek.com Budget Cuts Hitting Some U.S. Defense Providers http://aviationweek.com/defense/budget-cuts-hitting-some-us-defense-providers <div class="field-deck"> It is the summer of setbacks for many U.S. defense-services providers </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Come September, DynCorp International could have its third CEO in as many months, while L-3 Communications may still be struggling to file regular financial results for the quarter that ended June 30 due to internal fraud.</p> <p>ManTech International, meanwhile, has seen second-quarter revenue plummet 23% from the same 2013 period, largely due to the drop in supplemental U.S. defense appropriations for warfighting as the military withdraws from Afghanistan. Revenue at Engility Holdings dipped only 3.6%, but net income fell 12.6%.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/defense/budget-cuts-hitting-some-us-defense-providers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/defense/budget-cuts-hitting-some-us-defense-providers#comments Defense AWIN Business North America Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:38:00 +0000 1175471 at http://aviationweek.com Navy Weighs UCAS Needs As X-47B Testing Advances http://aviationweek.com/defense/navy-weighs-ucas-needs-x-47b-testing-advances <div class="field-deck"> X-47B finally tested in cooperative carrier operations with Hornet </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><a href="/site-files/aviationweek.com/files/uploads/2014/08/AW_08_25_2014_2934L.jpg"><img alt="" src="/site-files/aviationweek.com/files/uploads/2014/08/AW_08_25_2014_2934.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 188px; float: right;" title="An F/A-18 taxis into position on Catapult 2 (background) on the USS Theodore Roosevelt, as the X‑47B awaits takeoff on Catapult 1. Credit: Amy Butler/AW&amp;ST" /></a></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/defense/navy-weighs-ucas-needs-x-47b-testing-advances" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/defense/navy-weighs-ucas-needs-x-47b-testing-advances#comments AWIN ONLY Defense AWIN Defense Asia Pacific Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:38:00 +0000 1175911 at http://aviationweek.com Affordability Challenge In Pursuit Of Army JMR/FVL http://aviationweek.com/defense/affordability-challenge-pursuit-army-jmrfvl <div class="field-deck"> Higher speed will not be enough to persuade the U.S. Army to pursue an advanced rotorcraft </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><a href="/site-files/aviationweek.com/files/uploads/2014/08/AW_08_25_2014_2943L.jpg"><img alt="" src="/site-files/aviationweek.com/files/uploads/2014/08/AW_08_25_2014_2943_0.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 167px; float: right;" title="Bell must prove that the cost and complexity of a tiltrotor can be reduced significantly. Credit: Bell Helicopter Concept" /></a></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/defense/affordability-challenge-pursuit-army-jmrfvl" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/defense/affordability-challenge-pursuit-army-jmrfvl#comments AWIN ONLY Defense AWIN Defense North America Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:38:00 +0000 1175921 at http://aviationweek.com Northrop Bets On Open System To Stay Competitive On Black Hawk http://aviationweek.com/defense/northrop-bets-open-system-stay-competitive-black-hawk <div class="node-body article-body"><p><a href="/site-files/aviationweek.com/files/uploads/2014/08/AW_08_25_2014_2945L.jpg"><img alt="" src="/site-files/aviationweek.com/files/uploads/2014/08/AW_08_25_2014_2945.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 247px; float: right;" title="Northrop Grumman’s upgraded UH-60V cockpit will mimic in-production UH-60Ms. Credit: Northrop Grumman" /></a></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/defense/northrop-bets-open-system-stay-competitive-black-hawk" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/defense/northrop-bets-open-system-stay-competitive-black-hawk#comments AWIN ONLY Defense AWIN Defense North America Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:38:00 +0000 1175981 at http://aviationweek.com NASA Tests Distributed Electric Propulsion http://aviationweek.com/defense/nasa-tests-distributed-electric-propulsion <div class="node-body article-body"><p><a href="/site-files/aviationweek.com/files/uploads/2014/08/AW_08_25_2014_2948L.jpg"><img alt="" src="/site-files/aviationweek.com/files/uploads/2014/08/AW_08_25_2014_2948.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 188px; float: right;" title="NASA Langley tethered tests of GL-10 Greased Lightning hybrid-electric VTOL UAV. Credit: NASA Langley Research Center" /></a></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/defense/nasa-tests-distributed-electric-propulsion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/defense/nasa-tests-distributed-electric-propulsion#comments AWIN ONLY Defense AWIN Defense North America Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:38:00 +0000 1176051 at http://aviationweek.com Clipped Wings http://aviationweek.com/defense/clipped-wings <div class="node-body article-body"><p>More than half of the U.S. Air Force&rsquo;s F-16D fighters have been grounded due to cracks found during inspections. Eighty-two of 157 F-16Ds, primarily used for training, were removed from flight status after cracks were found in canopy sill longerons between the front and rear pilot seats, the Air Force announced Aug. 19. Longerons run the length of the aircraft and transfer loads throughout the structure and skin of the platform.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/defense/clipped-wings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/defense/clipped-wings#comments Defense AWIN The World Global Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:38:00 +0000 1176071 at http://aviationweek.com Italian Tornado Collision http://aviationweek.com/defense/italian-tornado-collision <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Four crewmembers onboard two Italian air force Panavia A-200 Tornado combat aircraft were killed when the aircraft collided during a training mission for an upcoming NATO exercise, over eastern Italy on Aug. 19. The aircraft came down in a forest near the town of Ascoli Piceno; the accident caused a forest fire. The aircraft were from the 6th Stormo (Wing) at Ghedi air base. An investigation into the accident has begun.</p> <div> &nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://aviationweek.com/defense/italian-tornado-collision#comments Defense AWIN The World Global Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:38:00 +0000 1176081 at http://aviationweek.com U.K. Deploys Rivet Joint http://aviationweek.com/defense/uk-deploys-rivet-joint <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The U.K. Royal Air Force has put its new RC-135W Rivet Joint into action for the first time. The aircraft, which was quietly forward-deployed in July, is supporting Operation Shader, the U.K.&rsquo;s humanitarian operation in northern Iraq, providing intelligence on Islamic State fighters who have taken over major parts of northeastern Iraq. The aircraft is likely to be operating alongside U.S. Air Force Rivet Joints from Al-Udeid AB in Qatar. The RAF has two more RC-135s on order, the type formally entered service in May.</p> <div> &nbsp;</div> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://aviationweek.com/defense/uk-deploys-rivet-joint#comments Defense AWIN The World Global Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:38:00 +0000 1176091 at http://aviationweek.com U.S. And Australia Extend Hypersonic Pact To 2017 http://aviationweek.com/technology/us-and-australia-extend-hypersonic-pact-2017 <div class="field-deck"> Tests to unravel final hidden hypersonic phenomena will unlock full scramjet potential </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Tests to unravel final hidden hypersonic phenomena will unlock full scramjet potential</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/technology/us-and-australia-extend-hypersonic-pact-2017" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/technology/us-and-australia-extend-hypersonic-pact-2017#comments Commercial Aviation Technology Defense Advanced Propulsion AWIN Global Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:38:00 +0000 1174491 at http://aviationweek.com