The ITS Cavour on the U.S. East Coast

03/07/2021
The Italian aircraft carrier the ITS Cavour is operating off of the Virginia Coast in order to integrate with the F-35Bs which it will operate for the next several years. The coming of the ITS Cavour is an interesting case study in terms of Italian policies, USMC-US Navy integration, the…

CMV-22B and On-Board Delivery: A Sec Def, an Engine, and Ship-to-Ship Logs Options

03/07/2021
The CMV-22B is replacing the C-2 as the carrier on-board delivery system for the large deck carriers. But that is no all of which can be subsumed under the new concept of on-board delivery. First, the Secretary of Defense visited the USS Nimitz on February 25, 2021 via CMV-22B "delivery,"…

Dassault and the Future Combat Air System: March 2021 Update

03/07/2021
By Pierre Tran Paris - Dassault Aviation has agreed to accepting a third of work share on the planned future combat system and its next-generation fighter jet, but there is dissent on working without a prime contractor on key systems such as flight control, executive chairman Eric Trappier said March…

France and the Sale of Rafale to Egypt: Sans Meteor

03/03/2021
By Pierre Tran Paris - France withheld the sale of the Meteor long-range, air-to-air missile to Egypt in response to a request from Israel, an arms specialist said. That French decision to forego an order for the Meteor missile differed from an initial withholding of the Scalp cruise missile to…

First Flight of Australia’s First Locally Constructed Defence Aircraft in over 50 years

03/02/2021
The Boeing/RAAF Loyal Wingman has had its maiden flight. This marks the first flight of an Australian locally constructed defence aircraft in more than 50 years. “The Loyal Wingman’s first flight is a major step in this long-term, significant project for the Air Force and Boeing Australia, and we’re thrilled…

Changing the Business Rules: Moving Beyond Slo Mo War Preparation

12/18/2017
2017-12-18 By Brian Morra The Department of Defense’s acquisition system is a major cause of the erosion of the defense capabilities of the United States. This erosion is visible in high profile, fatal accidents like those the US Navy has experienced in the Western Pacific over the past two years.…