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
Opinion: Aggressive Politicking Threatens Australia’s Submarine Program  5
Some Australian politicians say they know the best answer for the country’s submarine needs. They don’t.
Boeing Prepares T-X For First Flight As Competition Intensifies  19
Boeing and Saab are close to flying their new advanced trainer, but M-346 could be back in the race soon.
Laser Gunship Could Be Fielded In 2020 
A laser-armed Block 60 version of the Lockheed Martin AC-130J gunship could be operational by 2020.
In A Twist: The Black Art Of Vortices  5
When a vortex shows the cloven hoof, the results can be dramatically undesirable.
Alenia Aermacchi Back In T-X Race Soon  15
Alenia Aermacchi is in talks with a new U.S. partner for the Air Force’s T-X advanced trainer program, the company tells Aviation Week, and a deal should be announced “very soon.”
Typhoon Modifications Claimed To Improve Air Combat Maneuverability  3
Eurofighter engineers and pilots claim to have made big improvements with some small shape changes.
Russia Confirms Plan To Restart Tu-160 Line 
The updated version, designated Tu-160M2, will enter production in 2023, preceded by a re-engining program for the current 15-aircraft force.
End Of F-16 Production Possible In 2017 
Without new orders, the F-16’s production run — more than 4,500 aircraft, second only to the F-4 Phantom among Western supersonic fighters — will end in 2017.
Opinion: Economics, Credibility Dominate Bomber Decision  21
Think that range, payload and stealth will be the deciding factors in the Air Force’s bomber choice? Think again.
Under-The-Radar Project Aims To Slash Boeing Costs  17
Boeing believes airplane manufacturing costs can be cut drastically—and it has a secret program aimed at proving it.
Boeing’s Black Diamond Project Aimed At Drastic Cost Cuts 
Boeing believes airplane manufacturing costs can be cut substantially—and it is spending billions to prove it
CSBA Study Warns Of Network Vulnerability 
Future network-based warfare is likely to follow a historical pattern where competitions first accelerate and then undergo abrupt qualitative changes, according to a new study from the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.
India Deterrence Doctrine Lacking, Think Tank Says 
India’s expanding nuclear force is not matched by a consistent, effective doctrine and posture, risking instability, according to analysts working with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Boeing Expects Minuteman Replacement RFP In Fall 
Boeing expects the U.S. Air Force to issue a draft request for proposals (RFP) for the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD), a replacement for the Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile, in the fall, company officials said in a media briefing July 7.
Gulf Carrier Gap Sign Of Inadequate Force, Navy Booster Group Says 
The threatened removal of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier presence from the Persian Gulf indicates the need to re-establish the nation’s fleet at 11 nuclear carriers (CVNs), according to a “grassroots” pro-carrier campaign.
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