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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. 

Podcast: Nuclear Modernization-The Point of No Return? 1
Boeing’s exit from the Ground-based Strategic Deterrent program to replace the U.S.’s nuclear ICBMs leave the Air Force with Northrop as a lone contractor. Aviation Week editors discuss the company’s possible motivation and what it means for the future of the Pentagon’s nuclear program.
Competing Proposals Emerge As GBSD Faces Sole-source Award Decision  13
Boeing’s withdrawal from the competition to replace the Minuteman III risks altering the U.S. nuclear triad.
SOCOM Invites Concepts For Next-Gen Cockpits 
Avionics companies will show off future cockpit concepts for U.S. Special Operations Command rotorcraft in September, the Sofwerx rapid acquisition office announced.
Pentagon’s Answer To ‘Space Pearl Harbor’ Threat Shifts Focus  1
Space Development Agency answers critics and questions in industry day event.
PACAF Chief Calls For More Arctic-Equipped Airlift  1
As competition heats up in the arctic and Antarctic, the head of U.S. Pacific Air Forces, Gen. Charles Brown, called for acquiring more ski-equipped airlifters.
Raytheon Tactical Boost Glide Baseline Review Completed 
“We understand the urgency of the need and are working fast to deliver this advanced technology to our nation’s military,” said Thomas Bussing, vice president for Raytheon Advanced Missile Systems.
Podcast: Britain’s Defense Buying Boom 4
At the Royal International Air Tattoo, the magnitude of the UK’s Royal Air Force modernization – from space to hypersonics and fighter jets, comes into sharp focus.
Clues Emerge In Search For Pentagon’s Classified Hypersonic Programs  1
Are “HACM” and “HCCW” the missing links in the U.S. hypersonic weapons portfolio?
State Sets No Time Line For Turkey Sanctions 
A U.S. State Department spokesperson said on July 25 that the Trump administration has set no timetable for deciding on how to apply mandatory sanctions against Turkey.
Lockheed Martin Fields Safety Upgrade For F-35A Fleet  1
The Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System (Auto-GCAS) is being integrated on the U.S. Air Force variant first, but will also spread to the Navy and Marine Corps variants.
Colombian Air Force Names Bidders For Kfir Replacement 
The Eurofighter Typhoon, Lockheed Martin F-16 and Saab Gripen are being evaluated to replace a fleet of aging Israel Aerospace Industries Kfir fighters.
Boeing, Saab Weigh Bidding Choice For Canada Fighter 
Boeing and Saab are reviewing whether to respond to a final request for proposals issued on July 23 for a contract to replace Canada’s fighter fleet.
Pentagon Eyes Medium Orbit For Future Constellations 
A new leadership team at the Space Development Agency is considering a switch to a higher orbit with larger and potentially fewer sats for the critical comm layer of a proposed future military space architecture.
DOD To Compensate F-35 Suppliers For Turkey Costs 
The U.S. government will compensate F-35 suppliers for any financial costs caused by the expulsion of Turkey from the program, a Lockheed Martin executive says.
F-35 Mod Adds New Missiles To Weapons Bay  1
Lockheed Martin will modify the F-35 weapons bay to accommodate a very long-range, anti-radiation missile.

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