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Why the Marine Corps Is Rushing to Deploy an Imperfect Combat Aircraft

National Defense Magazine reports that the biggest story this year so far in the F-35 joint strike fighter world is not the soaring cost of the aircraft — a problem that appears to have been contained, according to the program manager — but the determination of the Marine Corps to put the aircraft into service even though its mission software is unfinished and cracks surfaced in one of its main bulkheads.

Revised SpaceX, USAF Certification Plan To Focus on Trust

Alenia In Talks with New T-X Trainer Prime Contractor

Netherlands moves closer to CH-47F acquistion

DARPA selects two firms to compete for sea-based UAV

Senate OKs Budget as McCain Holds Fire

US Army activates Apache-Shadow V2 UAV unit

McCain: Navy UCLASS in Danger without More Stealth, Weapons

McCain Launches Goldwater-Nichols Review; How Far Will He Go?

US Army's improved helicopter engine enters design phase

Industry asks US Army, one shaft or two for new helicopter engine

New Radars, IRST Strengthen Stealth-Detection Claims


Defense Systems Personnel - A Legend is leaving the building


The Department of Defense announced on 19 March that Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Dr. Michael Vickers notified President Barack Obama and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter that he will be retiring from federal service, and leave the Department of Defense, effective April 30.  Vickers, who assumed the responsibilities as undersecretary of defense for intelligence March 17, 2011, has been the longest serving undersecretary of defense for intelligence in the department’s history.  Previously, he served as the department’s first and only assistant secretary of defense for special operations/low-intensity & interdependent capabilities from July 2007 to March 2011, and acting undersecretary of defense for intelligence from January 2011 to March 2011.  

Vickers’ federal service has spanned nearly four decades; serving in a variety of positions as a national security decision maker and intelligence community leader. In addition to his tenure at the Department of Defense, he also served in the U.S. Army as a Special Forces non-commissioned officer and Special Forces officer, and was a CIA operations officer.  While in the CIA, Vickers is known to have played in a key role in the arming of the resistance to the Soviet invasion of Afghanstan, a role captured in the 2003 book and 2007 movie "Charlie Wilson's War." Vickers has decided to retire to take on new challenges, and spend more time with his family.

Defense Systems Video


An U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system flew in for display at the Australian International Air Show at Avalon Air Port, Australia, on February 21st. This is the first time the aircraft has flown in for display at an international air show and the first time it has been operated from a commercial airport in Australia. Chief of the Royal Australian Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Brown marked the event on February 22nd in a press conference in Melbourne.