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Steve Trimble

Defense Editor,
Aviation Week Network

Stephen covers military aviation, missiles and space for the Aviation Week Network, based in Washington DC. 

Born in a U.S. Air Force family, he grew up on military bases around the world and came to Washington DC in 1997 to work for Army Times Publishing Co. as a journalist. Stephen helped launch the Military.com portal in 2000, then joined the editorial team for Aviation Week’s web site in 2001. He reported on the Pentagon for Aerospace Daily in 2002 and 2003. 

From September 2003 to September 2018, Stephen covered defense and aviation issues and managed staffs as the US bureau chief for Jane’s Defence Weekly and later FlightGlobal. He has covered aviation stories on six continents and several multiple awards, including most recently the 2017 Aerospace Media Awards honor for Best In-Depth Feature on the effort to revive Russia’s commercial aviation industry. 

Pentagon Considers Shift To Nuclear Power For Air Force, Army Bases 
Six decades after the rise of the “Nuclear Navy,” fission attracts new military interest.
Recent Mistakes Cast Cloud Over Nuclear Modernization 
Two costly errors revealed in the last two months are raising questions about the competence and capacity of the U.S. nuclear weapons enterprise.
Boeing Offers Radar, Intel Pod For Export P-8 Buyers 
Boeing is in the final stages of testing the Multi-Mission Pod (MMP) for P-8A export customers that want to add other intelligence-gathering sensors, including a ground surveillance radar, to the surface vessel- and submarine-hunting aircraft, an executive said Nov. 19.
Lockheed Martin Offers Sea Hercules To NATO 
Lockheed Martin has offered the C-130J to NATO as a maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), a company official said Nov. 18.
KC-390 Rebranded As Civil Airlifter Battle Heats Up 
As the KC-390 gets a new name and a new owner, a marketing battle with Lockheed Martin’s C-130 is intensifying over the future market of commercial derivatives of military airlifters.
Dubai Air Show Podcast: A Tail Of Two Shows For Boeing
While the first new orders for the 737 MAX are now coming in, Boeing also lost a competition for the KC-46 against the Airbus A330-based MRTT. Listen in as our editors discuss the key highs and lows from day three of the 2019 Dubai Air Show.
Errors Raise Questions About U.S. Nuclear Modernization Capacity  2
Warhead reliability, missile acquisition misfires increase scrutiny on U.S. nuclear establishment.
FAA Administrator: MAX Saga Spotlights ‘Key’ Certification Issues 
The unprecedented and ongoing examination of aircraft certification triggered by the two Boeing 737 MAX accidents has identified several areas that must change to improve outcomes, FAA Administrator Steve Dickson said.
Podcast: Multibillion Dollar Orders Return To Dubai 1
After a lacklustre first day at the Dubai Airshow, the multi-billion dollar orders for commercial jets the show is famous for have finally begun rolling in. Plus, find out more about Russian Helicopters’ new light helicopter and the new marketing name for the Boeing-Embraer KC-390 airlifter. Listen in as our editors discuss the day’s events.
B-21 Program Hits Schedule Pressure Even On ‘Conventional Trajectory’  1
America’s secretive new bomber has entered final assembly four years after contract award.
This Flapper’s No Wing Loong
A Chinese company’s newest aircraft project harkens back to one of aviation history’s oldest ideas: the ornithopter.
UAE Students Propose Rocket Mail

Delivering small packages by drone is regarded as a potentially lucrative new frontier for aviation, but a group of UAE aeronautics students wants to try something more ambitious. 

A pressurized water-powered rocket designed to deliver small packages is on display at the Higher Colleges of Technology Booth. 

Bangladesh Buys Two 787s, Boeing Signs Others for Services
Biman Bangladesh Airlines signed with Boeing for two Boeing 787-9s, worth $585 million at list prices, on the first day of the show. The aircraft will be powered by GE engines.
Russia Expects To Equal Arms Export Record Despite U.S. Sanctions 3
Russia’s defense industry expects to finalize at least $2.5 billion in new arms export sales by the end of the year, Rostec chief executive officer Sergei Chemezov said at the Dubai Air Show.
Russia Expecting Continued Strong Arms Exports 
Russia’s defense industry expects to finalize at least $2.5 billion in new arms export sales by the end of the year, Rostec chief executive officer Sergei Chemezov said at the Dubai Air Show.

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