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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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AMERICA’S NEXT BOMBER: A TRAGICALLY FANTASTIC OPPORTUNITY

The blossoming, yet at the same time shadowy, saga that has become America’s next long-range bomber, now known as Long Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B), continues to gain steam, although it has yet to be determined if the current economic investment being … Read the rest of this entry

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ARTHUR C. CLARKE’S SHORT STORY “SUPERIORITY”: A DIRE WARNING AGAINST PROGRAMS LIKE THE F-35 JOINT STRIKE FIGHTER

This fantastic and haunting short story, written by the famous Science Fiction visionary Arthur C. Clarke in 1951, warns us about the opportunity cost of hyper-focusing on developing super high-end weaponry. I first read this story in high school back … 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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ECA PROGRAM’S FULL SERVICE COMMERCIAL ADVERSARY SUPPORT ENDEAVOUR SHOWS SIGNS OF PROGRESS

I have been following ECA Program’s progress, or seemingly lack thereof, for some time now. A couple of years ago it was said that the company was close to working out a deal with Iceland to base a substantially large … Read the rest of this entry

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GLOBAL HAWK BLOCK 30 REPRIEVE?

I know that a lot of lawmakers are pissed at the USAF for buying aircraft and subsequently storing them due to budgetary realignment and less than satisfactory operational performance, which is more or less an omission of a total waste … 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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