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It appears that the Light Air Support program is the latest casualty of the Pentagon's notoriously complicated acquisition process. The program was supposed to acquire 20 small "non-developmental" aircraft for use by Afghan pilots in conducting reconnaissance and ground attacks against the Taliban
I used to work for the man who was the first to try and kill the V-22 Osprey, then-Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney. Both have proved to be very hard to kill. Both have withstood an onslaught of negative press that undoubtedly would have killed lesser men or weapons systems. Both have risen from
Over the last five years, the MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft has demonstrated its operational value in 17 foreign deployments while becoming the safest rotorcraft in the Marine Corps fleet. The aircraft has performed raids in Iraq, disaster relief in Haiti, casualty evacuation in Jordan, counter-insurgency
Here's a surprise: the V-22 Osprey has turned into the safest, most survivable rotorcraft the U.S. Marine Corps operates. The Osprey had its first fatal accident in ten years last April during a combat mission in Afghanistan, when an Air Force version hit the ground at high speed. But because
Two months ago the co-chairmen of the president's bipartisan deficit commission issued a series of proposals for narrowing the gap between federal income and expenses. One section of their proposals concerned how annual defense spending could be trimmed $100 billion by fiscal year 2015. That was
There is an urban legend which can trace its roots back to the 1930s that the bumble bee with its large body and relatively tiny wings was an aerodynamic impossibility. As some observers commented, the bumble bee flew because it did not know that it was scientifically impossible for it to do so.
The V-22 Osprey tiltrotor is the “Energizer bunny” of defense programs. It has survived repeated attempts to kill the program. It overcame a series of tragic accidents and initial production problems. Now in full rate production, the V-22 is proving itself to be everything its advocates envisioned