Francis Tusa

Francis
Tusa
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Cut-And-Run May Be A Strategy For German Contractors 
In just six months Germany’s defense industry has gone from top of the heap to deep in the dumps.
Cheap Oil Does Not Deter Middle East Procurement 
Oil prices are not yet having an impact on Middle Eastern states, although that could change if the decline lasts for years.
Saab Adds Capabilities In New Recoilless Rifle 
Man-portable weapon upgrades were featured by Saab Dynamics at its recent industry day
Army Chief Remakes Swedish Force  1
Swedish army’s chief of staff is restructuring the service as a modern force.
Navies Promote Small Warship Tech Upgrades 

As the U.S. Navy struggles to define a new variant of its Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), a smaller, better-armed, multi-role warship is in production. Analysts expect 50-60 of these to be built, while the LCS fleet has been cut to 32 from 52 pending approval of the modified version. Unfortunately for the U.S. Navy, the new and smaller vessel is Chinese. 

Europe: Who’s Responding To Russia, Who’s Not 
Russia’s actions provoke defense rethink
Diverse Systems Emerge Against Missile Threat 

Ballistic missiles have often been a threat with a bigger bark than bite, mostly due to poor accuracy that renders them militarily ineffective unless armed with mass-destruction warheads. But, as reported last month (AW&ST Feb. 17, p. DT3), Israeli missile-defense expert Uzi Rubin expects a rapid proliferation of higher-precision weapons before 2020.

New And Evolving Platforms Enhance Sea Patrol
U.K. and France rebuild sea-surveillance capabilities.
Britain Adapts To Fresh Crop Of Transports

By around 2020, the U.K. will have almost completely renewed its air transport and refueling fleet.

U.K. Changes Helicopter Support Practice
Sharper support for British helicopters
NATO’s Afghan Drawdown Poses Logistics Challenges

Moving equipment efficiently and economically during NATO's drawdown in Afghanistan poses serious challenges to the major players deployed there.

“Everyone fixated on rushing kit into theater. Getting it back is left to chance,” says one British logistics planner.

European Military MRO Is Leaving U.S. Behind
Budgets drive Europeans to adapt military support contracts
Sure Shot 

Infantry operations have evolved dramatically in the past decade, along with weaponry. The combat equipment that many soldiers now field reflects rapid advances in areas ranging from weapons design and precision firepower to battlefield networking.

Price Rises On NATO Drawdown From Afghanistan
The drawdown from Afghanistan could cost far more than imagined
U.K. Muddies Waters With Its Carrier Decision
Decision to change basic design of new carriers is raising doubts about the country's defense decision-making
 
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Mar 31, 2015
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Operation Decisive Storm -- Air Power Over Yemen

A Saudi-led coalition of Middle Eastern and African states has started a major air campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen. We take a look at the air assets assembled for Operation Decisive Storm....More
Mar 27, 2015
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U. S., Russian Astronauts Reach International Space Station for One Year Stay 6

"He will do great," predicted NASA astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore, who returned to Earth after 5 1/2 months on the ISS earlier this month. Wilmore watched Scott Kelly's lift off from NASA's Mission Control in Houston....More
Mar 26, 2015
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Open Skies Over Benelux And Germany

Cold War kids like me still remember the Open Skies treaty, the 1992 agreement by members of NATO and the then Warsaw Pact to allow observation flights over their territory as a confidence-building measure....More
Mar 26, 2015
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Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies The Gripen (1999)

In 1999, Aviation Week's then Editor-in-Chief reported on the capabilities of the Saab Gripen. Read his pilot report....More
Mar 25, 2015
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Kepler Achievements Recognized by National Air and Space Museum

"We are discovering all kinds of exotic planets, worlds that have oceans of molten rock, worlds that have not one but two stars rising in the East and setting in the West," said Natalie Batalha, Kepler mission scientist....More
Mar 24, 2015
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NavWeek: Semper Why 3

As the U.S. Marine Corps continues to tack back to its expeditionary core and the U.S. remains on course for its Asia-Pacific rebalance, the question of the force’s relevance is again coming to the fore....More
Mar 21, 2015
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SpaceX's Gwynne Shotwell Talks Raptor, Falcon 9, CRS-2, Satellite Internet and More 5

During a March 17 luncheon Shotwell touched on developments underway at the Hawthorne, California-based company....More
Mar 20, 2015
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Germany To Boost Defense Spending

Germany's finance minister says the pacifist nation must shoulder more military commitments in the coming years....More

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