Trump’s Bigger Fleet Is Dead in the Water
U.S. president Donald Trump campaigned on a promise to expand the U.S. Navy to 350 front-line warships — a major boost over today’s 275-strong combat fleet. But the Trump administration’s first Navy budget proposal, for the 2018 fiscal year that begins in late 2017, adds no ships to the... Read more
U.S. Air Force Sends Robotic F-16s Into Mock Combat
The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratories and Lockheed Martin have demonstrated a mixed formation of manned and unmanned F-16s in a simulated combat environment. The Have Raider demonstration at Edwards Air Force Base in California included two phases, Lockheed announced on April 10, 2017. The first phase, Have Raider... Read more
As U.S. Defense Secretary, James Mattis Plots His Own Course
In his first three months as U.S. defense secretary, James Mattis has embraced elements of Pres. Donald Trump’s aggressive war policy while also breaking from the Trump administration on several high-profile issues. Mattis is, in other words, still very much his own man. And the Pentagon under Mattis has,... Read more
U.S. Marines Want to Pack 20 Stealth Fighters on One Assault Ship
The U.S. Marine Corps plans to load up its nine big-deck amphibious assault ships with new F-35B Lightning II stealth fighters, swapping helicopters for jets and transforming the assault ships into light aircraft carriers. The plan, which the Corps laid out in the 2017 edition of its annual aviation... Read more
Babes, Booze and Nukes
Originally published on Dec. 20, 2013. For five days in mid-July 2013, a delegation of the Pentagon’s top nuclear officials led by Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael Carey traveled to Moscow to meet their counterparts in the Russian nuke force. It was a make-nice involving the world’s biggest atomic... Read more
The U.S. Air Force’s Stealth Drone Could Have a New Mission
A photographer spotted what appears to be a new variant of the U.S. Air Force’s secretive, stealthy RQ-170 Sentinel spy drone. Matt Hartman of Shorealone Films photographed an apparently heavily-modified Sentinel while covering the launch of a top-secret satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base in southern California on March 1, 2017.... Read more
An F/A-18F Super Hornet lands on the aircraft carrier USS ‘George H.W. Bush’ in February 2017. U.S. Navy photo Two-thirds of Hornets are down for maintenance by DAVID AXE Nearly two-thirds of the U.S. Navy’s roughly 800 F/A-18 strike fighters are grounded owing to budget-driven maintenance delays, according to Defense News,... Read more
Stavatti art Stavatti thinks it can wrap a new plane around the Warthog’s gun by DAVID AXE Stavatti, the mercurial, Minnesota-based aerospace startup, has dusted off its old proposal for a new attack plane to partially replace the U.S. Air Force’s venerable A-10 Warthog. The Machete, which is still just a... Read more
A Utah gun shop. Photo via Wikipedia New law will limit online sales starting in 2018 by DAVID AXE Widener’s sponsored this post. In November 2016, Californians endorsed by a wide margin new restrictions on gun ownership and ammunition sales. Anticipating the 2018 implementation of the new rules, Californians are buying ammo... Read more
F-35Bs fly over USS ‘America.’ U.S. Navy photo The president hates the F-35 — the only in-production fighter for assault ships by DAVID AXE U.S. president Donald Trump hates the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. And that could mean trouble for his Trump’s own plan to massively expand the U.S. Navy. If Trump manages to... Read more
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