Category Archives: Aviation

Opinion: What's the point of Air Sea Battle?

Opinion: What’s the point of Air Sea Battle?

The 1977 cover art for the Atari 2600 game: Air Sea Battle

The 1977 cover art for the Atari 2600 game: Air Sea Battle

The recent mantra regarding Air Sea Battle is that “it is not a strategy, it’s an operational concept.” If so, what is the concept? It seems predicated on improving interoperability between the Navy and the Air Force, but that’s just joint operations — what the Pentagon says its been doing for years.

Why the fancy name and media blitz?
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Document: U.S. Strategic Nuclear Forces: Background, Developments and Issues

Document: U.S. Strategic Nuclear Forces: Background, Developments and Issues

The following is from the Oct. 22, 2013 Congressional Research Service report: U.S. Strategic Nuclear Forces: Background, Developments, and Issues.

Even though the United States plans to reduce the number of warheads deployed on its long- range missiles and bombers, consistent with the terms of the New START Treaty, it also plans to develop new delivery systems for deployment over the next 20-30 years. The 113th Congress will continue to review these programs during the annual authorization and appropriations process. Read More

Lockheed Martin SR-72 is Only a Plane on Paper

Lockheed Martin SR-72 is Only a Plane on Paper

An artist's conception of the proposed Lockheed Martin SR-72. Lockheed Martin Photo

An artist’s conception of the proposed Lockheed Martin SR-72. Lockheed Martin Photo

Lockheed Martin Skunk Works and Aerojet Rocketdyne have made a breakthrough in hypersonic propulsion technology, but the Mach 6.0-capable SR-72 remains more of aspiration than a real airplane.

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Lockheed's SR-72 Could Fill Crucial Pentagon Need

Lockheed’s SR-72 Could Fill Crucial Pentagon Need

Artist's conception of the SR-72 so-called Son of Blackbird concept from Lockheed Martin Skunk Works. Lockheed Martin Photo

Artist’s conception of the SR-72 so-called Son of Blackbird concept from Lockheed Martin Skunk Works. Lockheed Martin Photo

Could Lockheed Martin Skunk Works’ SR-72 hypersonic concept design fill the Pentagon’s need for a penetrating intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft? The answer could be yes. Read More

Next-Generation Fire Scout Has First Flight

Next-Generation Fire Scout Has First Flight

An MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle takes off from Naval Base Ventura County at Point Mugu on Oct. 31, 2013. US Navy Photo

An MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle takes off from Naval Base Ventura County at Point Mugu on Oct. 31, 2013. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s next generation rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) had its first flight on Thursday at Naval Base Ventura County at Point Mugu, Calif., according to a statement from the service. Read More

NAVAIR Cancels Pre-Solicitation for New Super Hornets

NAVAIR Cancels Pre-Solicitation for New Super Hornets

An F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on Oct. 26, 2013. US Navy Photo

An F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on Oct. 26, 2013. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy removed pre-solicitation notices for 36 Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and 84 General Electric F414 engines from the Federal Business Opportunities website today. Read More

First European Aegis Ashore Begins Construction

First European Aegis Ashore Begins Construction

The deckhouse for the Aegis Ashore system bound for Romania at the Lockheed Martin Aegis facility. Missile Defense Agency Photo

The deckhouse for the Aegis Ashore system bound for Romania at the Lockheed Martin Aegis facility. Missile Defense Agency Photo

The U.S. and NATO have begun construction on the first deployed Aegis Ashore installation in Deveselu, Romania as part of a wider ballistic missile defense (BMD) strategy on Monday, according to several press reports. Read More