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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.

Opinion: Timeless Insight Into Why Military Programs Go Wrong  84
The future of defense procurement was parsed brilliantly by lauded science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke, well more than a half-decade ago.
Classified Pentagon Programs Will Cost $68 Billion In 2017  31
The secret U.S. defense and intelligence budget is bigger than most nations’ total defense spending.
Low-Cost Approaches May Be Needed In Asia Market 
Defense contractors try new cost-capability trades to unlock Asia-Pacific deals
F-35 Contract Deal Likely In March, Lockheed Exec Says 
A Lockheed Martin official remains optimistic that the F-25 program is on track to begin initial operations on schedule in August or by December of this year.
Meet the Bomber Formerly Known As LRS-B: The B-21 
The U.S. Air Force’s Long-range Strike Bomber (LRS-B) has a designation: the B-21.
Meet the B-21 Bomber, Formerly Known As LRS-B  136
The U.S. Air Force’s Long-Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B) has a designation: the B-21.
Opinion: Defining The Next Fighter  107
Thinking about the next fighter as an airplane first and foremost is a strategic mistake.
MPAs Are Key Focus At Singapore Airshow 
Saab is proposing a maritime patrol aircraft based on the Bombardier Global 6000 business jet that it regards as a competitor to Boeing’s P-8 Poseidon, at perhaps two-thirds the price.
GlobalEye AEW&C-Intel Aircraft Detailed  1
The radar for the GlobalEye is already running, in rooftop tests at Saab’s Gothenburg site, and the first Global 6000 platform for the UAE is due to arrive in Linkoping soon for modifications.
Big Fish – Saab Bids On High-End Antisubmarine Warfare 8

Saab wants to re-energize its attempt to join the small club of companies that produce antisubmarine warfare aircraft.

Saab Bids On High-End ASW 

Saab wants to re-energize its attempt to join the small club of companies that produce antisubmarine warfare aircraft.

Counter-Stealth Radar Key To Growing AEW Market
Saab is unveiling the GlobalEye airborne surveillance system at the Singapore Airshow, and saying a lot more about its technologies and capabilities than was released at the Dubai Airshow.
Singapore’s Terrex Makes a Splash

ST Engineering’s Terrex 8x8 amphibious armored vehicle is emerging as an export leader for the Singapore company.

New World Ordnance At Singapore Airshow 17
To understand the future of air-to-air warfare in Asia, take a careful look at the flying and static displays at the Singapore Airshow.
Fiscal 2017 Budget Includes Important Money Shifts  5
JSF cuts and a surprise lower price for the new bomber are a bonanza for new projects.

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