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 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. 

Aviation Feels Increasing Pressure In New Budget Proposal  1
U.S. defense officials are accepting an overall reduction in aircraft unit procurement in the fiscal 2020 budget request, as interest rises in the next generation of hypersonic, fixed-wing and rotary-wing capabilities.
Boeing Resumes KC-46 Deliveries To USAF 
The U.S. Air Force resumed accepting deliveries of KC-46 tankers on March 11 after a 12-day hiatus caused by the discovery of foreign object debris on completed aircraft. on Feb. 28, followed by a sixth delivery on March 1.
U.S. To Revive GLCM Fabrication Before INF Treaty Withdrawal  7
EXCLUSIVE: The U.S. Defense Department will begin fabricating components for new ground-launched cruise missile systems formerly banned under the terms of the now-suspended Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty.
Kratos Steals Boeing’s Thunder With XQ-58A First Flight  9
Although Boeing has similar objectives for the Airpower Teaming System unveiled in Australia, the XQ-58A is designed with a very different philosophy.
DOD Bypassed F-15X Acquisition Rules, Lawmakers Say 
Four members of Congress say the DOD bypassed normal procurement procedures to propose buying new F-15X fighters in the fiscal 2020 budget request.
Dynetics Upgrades SGM With Two-way Datalink 
An upgraded version of the GBU-69/B Small Glide Munition (SGM) used by U.S. Special Forces aircraft has emerged.
Kratos Completes First Flight Of Valkyrie Drone 
A week after Boeing unveiled a loyal wingman mockup in Australia, U.S. drone manufacturer Kratos completed the first flight of the XQ-58A Valkyrie.
German Controllers Handled 2,200 Flights Remotely, DFS Says 
Air traffic controllers in three months have handled 2,200 flights at Saarbrücken International Airport in western Germany from a remote facility 280 mi. away.
USAF Acquisition Head Urges Radical Shift For Next-Gen Fighter Program  17
The concept would allow Air Force leaders to hedge against the risk of future technology breakthroughs and surprise enemies with unexpected new capabilities.
U.S. Army Discusses New Weapons For Post-INF Treaty 
The U.S. Army is considering extended-range, maritime strike versions of the Precision Strike Missile as the U.S. government negotiates a withdrawal from the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
Saudi Arabia Orders Parts For $15B THAAD Package 
Saudi Arabia has signed a $945 million downpayment for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system from Lockheed Martin, the Defense Department announced March 4.
DARPA Revives Cold War Breakthrough For Russia and China War Scenario  3
DARPA’s original late-1970s Assault Breaker sought to counter possibility of overwhelming waves of Soviet armored forces rampaging across Western Europe.
GE Completes Design Phase For F-35 Re-Engine Candidate 
GE Aviation has released the design of a next-generation military jet engine to suppliers.
USAF Extends KC-46 Delivery Pause Indefinitely  10
“As of this morning we are still not accepting KC-46s, and I believe that will continue for some time,” Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, told journalists March 1
KC-46 Deliveries Paused Due To Foreign Debris Issue  7
The U.S. Air Force has paused deliveries of KC-46 tankers from Boeing after discovering foreign object debris on aircraft that were set for delivery.
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