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LAS SAGA: RIGHT WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT WAS FINALLY ON THE RIGHT TRACK…

The Senate has cut funding for 20 Light Air Support aircraft meant to backfill the precision fire support role for the Afghan Army once we have pulled the vast majority of manned airpower out of the Afghan theater. This is a passionate topic for me. … Read the rest of this entry

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HOW TO DOWN THE MOST ADVANCED AIR FORCE IN THE WORLD WITHOUT FIRING A SHOT…

…by literally turning the budget that makes that air force fly into a smoking hole in the ground. ABSOLUTELY READ THIS HISTORIC ANNOUNCEMENT: http://www.airforcetimes.com/article/20130408/NEWS/304080035/Reduced-flying-hours-forces-grounding-17-USAF-combat-air-squadrons We are our own worst enemy. Our fiscal policy will get us long before the big bad Russian … Read the rest of this entry

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NEWS ROUNDUP!: July 20th, 2012

THE SURGE IN AFGHANISTAN IS OVER, NOW WHAT? The 30,000+ troop surge ordered by the Obama Administration almost two years ago has concluded amongst increasingly daring attacks on coalition troops and assets by Taliban forces in the region. With the … Read the rest of this entry

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CONCURRENCY HELL: DoD TESTING CHIEF SEES PROBLEMS WITH STARTING F-35 OPERATIONAL TESTING TOO EARLY

I love it how the big shots who make a paycheck from this program, or have hung their professional careers on it, see the guy’s dissenting opinion who is supposed to watchdog operational testing for the Pentagon as “not a … Read the rest of this entry

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F-35 NEWS ROUNDUP!: June 19th, 2012

I think its time we all got caught up on what is and is not happening in the Joint Strike Fighter world. First off, lets start with something positive. The F-35 looks bad-ass in full burner at night, and with … Read the rest of this entry

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F-35 SCRAP RATE 16%: WHY ON EARTH HAVE WE BOUGHT ALMOST 100 JETS THAT ARE BEING PRODUCED FULL OF FLAWS AND UNVALIDATED SYSTEMS?

PLEASE SEE UPDATED COMMENTARY ON USMC STANDING UP “OPERATION SQUADRON” AFTER READING THE PIECE BELOW: http://aviationintel.com/2012/11/19/go-ask-alis-the-f-35-is-about-to-go-fictionally-operational-woefully-unprepared/ http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/06/08/lockheed-fighter-idINL1E8H8GO520120608 The F-35 has a scrap/rework rate of 16%, much higher than any other aircraft during this time in it’s procurement. I have said … Read the rest of this entry

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NEWS ROUNDUP!: May 20th, 2012

HOUSE APPROVES SALE ON NEW F-16s TO TAIWAN I have talked about this issue at great length and I am very happy to see the House Of Representatives vote for the sale of 66 late block F-16s to Taiwan. It … Read the rest of this entry

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THOUGHTS ON AVIATION WEEK’S SCATHING NARRATIVE ON THE FREEDOM CLASS LCS AND POSSIBLE ALTERNATIVES TO IT

http://www.aviationweek.com/Article.aspx?id=/article-xml/awx_05_09_2012_p0-456228.xml&p=1 We know the LCS concept is both controversial and marred with strange capability gaps and quality control issues, but the piece linked above, written by Michael Fabey over at Aviation Week, really gives us a raw view into this … Read the rest of this entry

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BLAST FROM THE PAST: BLUE ORIGIN’S VTOL ROCKET A COUSIN OF THE McDONNELL DOUGLAS DC-X “DELTA CLIPPER”

NASA’s Commercial Crew initiative is getting barraged with cutback requests on Capitol Hill, and now the House is preparing to vote on legislation that would require NASA to immediately downselect a single commercial spaceflight purveyor from the eclectic list of … Read the rest of this entry

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COMMERCIAL CREW: STRANGELY THE POLITICIANS GET IT, BUT NASA ADMINISTRATOR BOLDEN DOESN’T

During a hearing on Capitol Hill concerning NASA’s budget and general direction, or misdirection as it may be, both Senators Shelby (R-AL), and Hutchinson (R-TX) echoed almost the exact stance and need for clarity that I have been arguing for … Read the rest of this entry

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COMMERCIAL SPACEFLIGHT INITIATIVE BEHIND SCHEDULE, UNDERFUNDED, UNFOCUSED, WITH QUESTIONABLE OBJECTIVES

http://spaceflightnow.com/news/n1204/02commercialcrew/ NASA Administrator Charles Bolden got grilled up on Capitol Hill about concerns over the sputtering Commercial Spaceflight Initiative. Lots on interesting information in the piece linked above, but probably the most eye opening is that the first operational launch … Read the rest of this entry

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THE F-35 IS BECOMING A THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY, GAO SAYS THE PROGRAM IS A MESS, KELLY JOHNSON WOULD BE ASHAMED

Please read the article linked below. Here is a little taste of the GAO’s ongoing F-35 program evaluation: “Until engineering changes are reduced, there are risks of additional cost overruns and retrofit costs. The program now estimates that the number … Read the rest of this entry

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Now the JSF’s F-136 Alternative Engine May Be Back On?

Good News, BUT WHAT A SILLY SOAP OPERA! http://defense.aol.com/2011/09/13/dod-takes-second-look-at-jsf-alternate-engine/

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NASA’S HEAVY LIFT PLAN A FANTASY, EVEN SENATORS ARE QUESTIONING IF BOLDEN IS SABOTAGING ITS CHANCES OF EVER BEING MADE!

Aviationintel.com has been calling for Bolden’s termination as NASA Administrator since its inception, I believe others are catching on now- Bolden is such poison for such a prized yet dying agency, he needs to go now! All these skilled workers will be … Read the rest of this entry

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F-35: TO BIG TO FAIL

A vote of confidence for a program that is years behind schedule and billions over budget? It’s all about congressmen “bringing home the bacon,” to their district or constituents. At this point I’m sure Lockheed knows that the F-35 is do big to … Read the rest of this entry

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